The birth of the cottage industry was preceded by hundreds of thousands of women paving the way in industries for men returning from war. While there were a myriad of lessons learned about women's abilities equating those of men's stood out, unsettling the norm and setting the man on a mission.
This newly discovered female power would soon be suppressed by unfairly crafted political systems; social prescriptions (i.e. the role of women's work is to serve men) the rise of misogyny and unforgivable religious practices. German Chancellor Angele Merkel, Argentinian president Cristina Fernández, African Union Chair person Dlamini Zuma are among powerful leaders globally. Israel has had only one woman prime minister, Golder Meir and a few serving in high offices such as current Justice Minister Tzipi Livni. These examples demonstrate the ability of women to equally challenge for high offices despite skewed systems.
Scores of women have left impressive records of leadership and work rate over the years. The current female ratio in leadership in the Arab world averages 6-7%. This despicable modern day figures reveal the level of oppression women face. There is little or no legislation in these countries to bring women on board with situations worsening in conflict prone areas. Seeing women as a threat to men sets a trend of competition subjecting women to unfair practices in an already male dominated setting. It is easier for propagandist to propagate anti-Semitism on already under-privileged women especially in the Islamic nations.
According to world total population by gender, there is almost an equal number of men to women. It would thus be prudent to legislatively direct and enact laws that balance these ratios in opportunity distribution. The oppression of women gave birth to male privilege, which simply means that female and male children at birth have different opportunities! Using the same male privilege men can gradually empower women to a globally acceptable standard. A number of countries have made tremendous efforts towards this cause, they first saw women as part of them and not competitors. Does this change require necessary force? It is prudent to try education as well as diplomacy before acting radically, unless situations get worse in selected areas such as some Arab countries.
The rise of women to power including their activities in our security systems must not be read as competition or female threat. Women taking up challenging roles could spell a new wave of world peace championed by a liberated female population flunked by tolerant male counterparts. In my view, it would tremendously improve men's standards of life with women participating equally in resources management and provision of expertise in various sectors. I can’t wait to see this newly empowered woman and the change that will come along with the new status particularly in peace efforts.