Women have been the elected heads of Christian countries, Muslim countries, Hindu countries and Israel, the only Jewish country. Women are currently the elected heads of European countries, Asian countries, and Latin American countries. So as we start the new election season, the thought occurs “why not here?” In a little more than two hundred years, we’ve elected no women presidents, had no women vice presidents (and only one candidate), and relatively few female senators and Supreme Court justices. How come?
This same disparity exists in the corporate world. While the glass ceiling is more porous than it once was, it’s far from gone. In fact, there’s some evidence that the lack of clear career paths is one of the factors that encourages women and minorities to start their own businesses.
I don’t have a neat, easy solution for this issue and I am not supporting the candidacy of anyone. I’m also not suggesting that we given any job, and particularly any job with access to nuclear weapons, to anyone who isn’t totally qualified. I am just suggesting that the best person to run our companies and our country may occasionally have an extra X chromosome.