Women in leadership make a difference
‘A Political View’ By Sherry Holliman
It is important to recognize that women can make a difference no matter how young or old, educated or uneducated, live in rural or urban areas, they have very different life experiences that lead to different priorities and needs.
However not every woman elected to a legislative body will place women’s issues or rights at the forefront of her own agenda.
Women’s representation is not the only factor, but it is a critical factor for the development of a more responsive, and more transparent democracies. The wide range of women in national, local, and community leadership roles has become an important focus on worldwide development policy. Still, some may ask why it matters if women become political leaders, elected policymakers, or civil society activists.
Why does the world need more women involved in all aspects of the political process? It matters because women’s political participation results in tangible gains for democracy, including greater responsiveness to citizen needs, increased cooperation across party and ethnic lines, and a more sustainable future.
Women’s participation in politics helps advance gender equality, offer more opportunities to vocalize challenging issues addressing women rights and to be a part of the solutions that are proposed. As more women are elected to office, there is most likely the chance for an increase in policy making that emphasizes the quality of life, reflects the priorities of families, women, ethnic and racial issues. So, why women in politics? The positive impact of women in politics is powerful.
Women are more likely to raise economic productivity, to reduce child and maternal mortality, to improve nutrition and promote health, and increase the chances of education for the next generation. Ask yourself the next time you cast your vote if not voting for a woman will affect the next generations future. We need women in leadership positions. This not to say that men are not needed because they are, women are simply underrepresented in politics. We must create change and solve problems, by collaborating together.
In order to meet national, regional, state, and local goals and build strong, sustainable democracies, women must be encouraged, empowered and supported in becoming strong political and community leaders.
Sherry Holliman is a concerned citizen of Crittenden County and has some views on a variety of topics that she wants to share with her neighbors. She serves on the Marion City Council.