Posted by: Kymbre Robinson | January 12, 2018

Taking two steps forwards, and one step back

Hello Everyone,
Often times as I think about how far we have come in advancing female leadership in society, I also wonder about the potential of reversing that advancement, in which we begin to see less female leadership. As society progresses, it takes two steps forward, but it also has the potential of taking a step backward. How do we prevent this potential dilemma?
While electing more females in office or appointing them ahead of careers is progressive and necessary, we should begin to look at teaching leadership during childhood. Our future generations should be taught that leadership from all genders are essential to society, and that all voices matter. It should begin in the home with how we are raised, and then proceed to continue throughout life. Diversity of thought is valued highly in leadership, so that no one falls victim to groupthink, and these steps will help make sure everyone is represented.
What are all of your thoughts? Do you think there is a potential for leadership to be reversed, or do you think that female leadership is stronger than ever?

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Responses

  1. This is a very interesting perspective/thought that never came to my mind before. I think that it could potentially happen where this one step backwards could occur in society if we only ever emphasize women power and leadership while forgetting others are able to lead as well. This is because we would essentially be doing to them what was happening to women.

    when it comes to teaching these values from the home an observation i’ve noticed comes to mind. Some people still believe women belong in the home while the men of the house are the bread winners. Sometimes its rooted family history beliefs and sometimes it is for cultural reasons. However, a follow up question is how would we be able to enforce that? Parents could complain about it being taught in school. When I talked to my aunt who is a math teacher, she had a student who would give her trouble every day. Upon talking to the guardian, she realized he was raised in a family whose views were that women belonged in the house and not working and in positions as hers. I think that over time when we get to a point where everyone is able to see that the both genders are able to lead successfully then we could begin to see the potential of teaching leadership at a younger age in school.

  2. I haven’t considered the reverse effect of female leadership. I believe women are advancing in leadership roles across a variety of different industries. It would be a terrible tragedy for society to mitigate this advancement. To prevent this, I believe men need to treat women equally in every aspect. This type of behavior is defined in the household, which makes parenting so important. I hope men and women continue to excel in leadership positions throughout the world.

  3. The reversal of women’s leadership is a very interesting perspective that I had not yet looked at. I do not think that it is entirely possible though. In modern day, people ethically believe that the suppressing of women in the the past was wrong, and there are so many people trying to combat it today. Since it now goes against those ethics, people are not going to follow suit with those actions. Women in leadership (and men helping with the household) are becoming more common, and I think this progress will continue.

  4. I’m pretty optimistic, thinking any kickback we do experience won’t be permanent and that progress will march on. To ensure it’ll be continued by later generations, I think the stories we tell our children will matter the most. We need to show them women in positions of leadership through picture books, novels, films, TV shows, etc. Disney has already picked up on this. Characters like Judy Hopps from “Zootopia” and Moana were designed to be role models (Judy determined to have a career, Moana being on the track to becoming the new village chieftain). Surrounding our kids with stories that feature women as leaders will normalize it for our kids and make them expect that from the world, consciously or unconsciously.


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