Women politicians 'not ruled by libido'
Published 12/10/2010 | 05:00
WOMEN make better politicians than men because they are not prisoners of their libido and testosterone, France's finance minister Christine Lagarde has claimed.
She said her 30-year career as a lawyer and the world's most powerful female finance minister left her convinced that men's egos made them prone to taking decisions personally and humiliating people. Most women, on the other hand, were less ruled by their sex drive and thus able to make more cool-headed judgments, she said.
"Women inject less libido and less testosterone into the equation," said Mrs Lagarde, who is in the running to be France's next prime minister.
"It helps in the sense that we don't necessarily project our own egos into cutting a deal, putting our point across, convincing people, reducing them to a partner that has lost in the process.
"It's probably overgeneralised what I'm saying and I'm sure there are women who operate exactly like men. But in the main . . . I believe that the majority of women in such positions approach power . . . in a slightly different manner."
Ms Lagarde (54) made no mention of her boss, President Nicolas Sarkozy, who is often described as the ultimate alpha male president. He has been criticised for being impetuous and personalising politics more than any predecessor.
Ms Lagarde is renowned for her self-control. She gets up at 6am every day for yoga, and does not drink, smoke or eat meat. She took a seven-fold salary cut when she gave up her job as chairman of a law firm to join the government. (© Daily Telegraph, London)