Why Can’t A Women Be More Like A Man And Rule
Robert Briffault (1876-1948), an English surgeon, anthropologist, and author, did a very interesting study and came up with the well known Briffault’s law. I do not present Briffault’s law as fact, nor do I dismiss it as fiction. It is something to think about – and Briffault gives us even more to ponder about. The law maintains that “the female, not the male, determines all the conditions of the animal family. Where the female can derive no benefit from association with the male, no such association takes place.” Today we would say “relationship” rather than “association.” It is well known that women wield the ultimate veto power in the mating game. It is them who give thumbs-up or thumbs-down to any advances or proposals from the various men who approach her.
Briffault embellishes this truism by asserting that intimate relationships between men and women result from a calculated cost/benefit analysis by women when in the mating market. Will she or won’t she acquire a net gain from any relationship with the man? This does not necessarily mean monetary gain, although it might. Other types of gain might be social status, sexual compatibility, anticipated future happiness, emotional security, and the male’s capacity for fatherhood. Briffault continues with these three corollaries to his law:
- Even though a woman has accrued past benefits from her relationship with a man, this is no guarantee of her continuing the relationship with him.
- If a woman promises a man to continue her relationship with him in the future in exchange for a benefit received from him today, her promise becomes null and void as soon as the benefit is rendered. (“I will gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.“)
- A man’s promise of a future benefit has limited ability to secure a continuing relationship with a woman, and his promise carries weight with her only to the extent that the woman’s wait for the benefit is short and to the extent that she trusts him to keep his promise.
The notion that women can’t rule like men is a deeply entrenched stereotype rooted in historical and societal gender biases. However, the idea that women are somehow inherently less capable or suited for leadership roles is not only unfounded but also harmful. In fact, there are numerous reasons why women can and do excel in leadership positions, and why gender should not be a determining factor in who can effectively govern.
First and foremost, it’s essential to recognize that gender does not inherently dictate one’s ability to lead. Leadership qualities such as intelligence, empathy, decisiveness, and strategic thinking are not exclusive to one gender. Women possess these qualities just as much as men do, and in many cases, they may even excel in certain areas traditionally associated with leadership, such as communication and collaboration.
Furthermore, diversity in leadership is crucial for ensuring a well-rounded perspective and addressing the needs of a diverse population. When women are underrepresented in positions of power, important voices and perspectives are silenced, leading to policies and decisions that may not fully consider the needs and experiences of women and other marginalized groups.
Research has consistently shown that diverse teams, including those with gender diversity, tend to perform better and make more informed decisions. This is because diverse teams bring a wider range of perspectives, ideas, and approaches to problem-solving, leading to more innovative solutions and better outcomes.
Moreover, the idea that women can’t rule like men ignores the significant strides that women have made in leadership roles throughout history. From political leaders like Angela Merkel and Jacinda Ardern to business executives like Sheryl Sandberg and Indra Nooyi, there are countless examples of women who have demonstrated exceptional leadership abilities and achieved great success in their respective fields.
However, it’s important to acknowledge that systemic barriers and discrimination continue to hinder women’s advancement in leadership roles. Gender bias, stereotypes, and institutionalized sexism can create significant obstacles for women seeking to rise to positions of power. These barriers must be addressed through policies and initiatives aimed at promoting gender equality and breaking down the structural barriers that hold women back.
Additionally, the expectation that women should emulate men in order to be successful leaders is inherently flawed. Women should not have to conform to masculine norms or adopt stereotypically “male” traits in order to be taken seriously as leaders. Instead, we should celebrate and value the unique qualities and perspectives that women bring to leadership roles.
Encouraging women to embrace their authenticity and lead in their own way can lead to more inclusive and effective leadership. By challenging traditional notions of leadership and promoting diversity and inclusion, we can create a more equitable society where everyone has the opportunity to succeed regardless of their gender.
In conclusion, the idea that women can’t rule like men is a baseless stereotype that ignores the countless women who have demonstrated exceptional leadership abilities throughout history. Women possess the skills, qualities, and perspectives necessary to excel in leadership roles, and their contributions are essential for building a more inclusive and equitable world. By challenging gender stereotypes, breaking down barriers to women’s advancement, and promoting diversity and inclusion, we can create a society where everyone has the opportunity to lead and succeed.