If Women Ran the World the Economy Wouldn't Need Fixing

As Mark Lange writes: "It may be time for guys to hand over the keys, ask for directions."

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By Mary Kate Cary, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

This very insightful commentary is from a man--a former colleague of mine from the Bush #41 speechwriting shop, Mark Lange of the Christian Science Monitor. The headline reads: “What if women ran the world? Male hubris has made a mess.”

It is getting harder to escape the sense that most of the trouble in the world—whether it's coming out of the Senate, a mortgage lender, or a tank turret—can be traced to one overriding problem: too many men steering. Had our economic, domestic, and foreign policy been more informed by women, we might be enjoying a safer ride.

Doubt it? Here's a test. Would any of the women you admire have set up a healthcare system as byzantine, costly, and underperforming as America's? Or a financial system where mortgage lenders don't have to care about being paid back? Or a bailout that spends $1 trillion in public money to subsidize the purchase of junk debt from the same geniuses that generated it?

It may be time for guys to hand over the keys, ask for directions, and sit (quietly, please) in the back seat for a while.

Forget gender politics; just look at results. Our computer-based fantasy financial instruments have erased perhaps 45 percent of the world's wealth. We've waged two wars at the same time for six years at a fully loaded cost in the trillions. And we've managed the simultaneous implosion of what amounts to most of the male industrial complex, from banks to newspapers to automakers.

Lange goes on to explain why the world needs more women leaders these days.

A great read.

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