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Janet_W.

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Elizabeth I's Legacy
« on: January 19, 2006, 12:22:34 PM »
Just thought the following article from today's New York Times might be of interest; the punch line is of particular interest!

Also, congratuations to the voters of nations who see beyond gender and elect women to positions of power and influence.



Editorial

Women's Place, Revisited


Published: January 19, 2006

The election on Sunday of Michelle Bachelet as Chile's president completes a three-continent long jump for women in politics. Ms. Bachelet is the first woman elected president in Latin America who is not the widow of a political strongman. On Monday, when Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was inaugurated as president of Liberia, she became Africa's first woman to be elected president. And with Angela Merkel's election as chancellor of Germany, a woman now leads Western Europe's most populous nation.

Ms. Bachelet, a socialist, an agnostic and a single mother, won the presidency of Chile, Latin America's most socially conservative country, with the help of a compelling personal story. She is the daughter of an air force general who died in prison during Gen. Augusto Pinochet's rule after months of torture, and she herself was imprisoned and tortured. When she was named defense minister in the current government, she was put in charge of a military still very much shaped by Mr. Pinochet. She brought an unpretentious style to the post, and won a reputation for toughness without rancor.

These new chief executives are not the first women to lead major democracies. Margaret Thatcher of Britain and Indira Gandhi of India were vastly powerful politicians and global ideological icons as well. Golda Meir was the inspirational leader of Israel, a nation surrounded by hostile Arab neighbors that refused to concede its right to exist.

But the women's successes in Liberia, Chile and Germany are being celebrated in part because this kind of achievement is still rare. In most countries, women have yet to achieve the critical mass at the lower levels of government that will be necessary if their ascension is to be seen as part of the normal course of politics.

The recent elections are important because they stand in stark contrast with the other route women have taken to power: picking up the standard of a murdered father or husband. Most of those dynastic women have brought few qualifications to the job and have been dreadful leaders. Mrs. Gandhi was an exception. She won office as the daughter of the independence leader Jawaharlal Nehru, but transcended her status as a dynastic successor as a powerful - sometimes too powerful - leader.

The women who are now leading nations are the most independent and accomplished group of female leaders ever collected - with the possible exception of when Elizabeth I dined alone.

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Re: Elizabeth I's Legacy
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2006, 06:58:48 PM »
It's a latter-day "monstrous regiment of women"!  And high time too.  Great piece.

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Re: Elizabeth I's Legacy
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2006, 09:36:03 AM »
Thanks for posting this Janet.  :D The last line is very funny - and apt.  ;D ;D
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« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2006, 01:11:07 PM »
Not to be too flippant, but one place you could see Elizabeth's legacy to Britain was in the Margaret Thatcher of the 1980s - I don't mean simply as an intrepid female political leader, I am also  referring to her hair - which grew redder and redder with every successive year she was in power (it gradually reverted to blonde once she was ousted from office). She also started employing the royal "we"... I think she had illusions of Elizabethan grandeur!

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« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2006, 01:33:51 PM »
Oh yes, how cringeworthy was that; "We are a grandmother"
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« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2006, 11:57:16 AM »
In fact it was worse - she said:

"We have become..(meaningful pause)... a grandmother!"


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« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2006, 05:32:35 AM »
YES! brilliant! i love it when women come out on top becuase they've proved all those narrow minded men wrong! however i do feel maggie thatcher was trying to be too masculine at times, it just annoyed me. (sorry to go off topic) now i'm just biased,  ;) but i use golda meir as my role model above all leaders. tehcnically elizabeth 1 was not the first woman to rule as a queen in her own right (mary 1 was that first woman i believe) but she definatly started off the trend!
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« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2006, 08:48:25 AM »
I love the last line of that!  ;D Thanks for it! :)