Friday, January 21, 2011
TGIF - Big Apple Treat for Women - Power & Politics Event
Last October, I put up this post with some thoughts on how far Women have come since gaining the right to vote some ninety years ago.
The power of women, although a long time coming, has never been stronger. And armed with an increasing share of the world's wealth, these women are making significant strides toward solving some very difficult problems. The increasing poverty among women and children around the globe is but one example. A lack of access to proper education for the world's children, especially girls, is another.
But for many of these issues to be given attention and focus, we must see the balance of power in the global political dynasties shift more toward women. When I attended Harvard Business School a few years back, I used the opportunity to study the Corporate and Geo-Political Governance systems that predominate most nation states. It turns out that most systems of government are based on Family Oligarchies. The U.S. is one of the few economic systems that allows "fractional ownership" by many shareholders. In Europe, for example, a few families have control or a controlling interest in most of the industries within a country or region.
Almost all of these interests are under Male control, although this is changing with the die-off of Patriarchs and a lack of male heirs.
Not surprisingly, these same families hold key positions in the Political Structures of these countries, and again, most of them are held by men.
For those of you fortunate enough to be in NYC this weekend, I highly recommend attending a program being held at the 92st Y entitled "Women, Power, and Politics". Author Gloria Feldt (her latest book featured in graphic above) will be part of the distinguished panel along with Congresswoman Nita Lowey. Learn how the woman's progressive agenda is going.