by Diana Cihak
“When I’m sometimes asked when will there be enough [women on the Supreme Court] and I say, ‘When there are nine,’ people are shocked. But there’d been nine men, and nobody’s ever raised a question about that.”― Ruth Bader Ginsburg
It is my life’s work to live to see the day when we have gender parity in elected office. In an ideal world the government would truly represent the people that are governed. And in most places in the U.S. that means the City Councils, County Legislatures, etc… would be 52% female.
Do I want 100%? No, not really. But RBG’s quote above is certainly food for thought. What, after all would be so bad about that? It’s only very recently in human history that anyone has questioned the fact of men making up 100% of the decision making bodies. From the halls of government to the boardroom there is ample proof that having a gender balance is better for everyone. Women generally think and act differently then most men, with different priorities, experiences and viewpoints. When they bring that tool bag to the table different questions are asked, different solutions are offered and different paths to the best outcome are considered and sometimes followed.
For example companies with more than 3 women on their Board of Directors enjoy long-term sustained profitability that is higher then those without. Why would any company say no to more financial stability?
And why would women say no to equality?
That is the real question.