Sunday 4 December 2016

What would the world be like if it was ruled by women? We could be about to find out...

Published 04/07/2016 | 02:30

German Chancellor addresses the United Nations summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda in September 2015 Picture: UN/Mark Garten
German Chancellor addresses the United Nations summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda in September 2015 Picture: UN/Mark Garten

What would it be like if women ruled the world? The proposition has been made both as an ambitious feminist dream and as a misogynistic nightmare. There used to be at least one running joke about the dangers of a menopausal female head of state hitting the nuclear button in a hormonal bad mood.

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On the more utopian side, there has been a pretty belief that if women were in charge, we would have a more sharing, caring, consensual and peace-loving political and economic order.

We may soon find out. By the autumn of this year, a significant slice of the Western world may be run by women: Hillary Clinton in the United States, Theresa May - the bookies' favourite to be the next prime minister of the United Kingdom - Angela Merkel still in place in Germany, and not forgetting Nicola Sturgeon as the most visible Caledonian leader since Mary, Queen of Scots.

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