When I first received a text message from a close friend informing me that NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo had resigned because of 11 alleged rapes by female co-workers, I was thrilled to learn that a powerful political man could not. he shuns such practices, as do many others, and unfortunately does not. Another reason for excitement came when I realized that her resignation would make history: New York State will receive its first female ambassador, now. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul.
However, when I thought about how things had changed, I quickly replied: “Unfortunately, often the only way women can get a high position is to be unfaithful.”
“It’s not good to go downhill,” my friend replied. “Better than no.”
He was right.
The slowdown, in fact, has been a major route to the political power of American women in the last 20 years.tha hundred years. Through a ritual marked “the succession of the widow, ”39 women entered the House of Representatives as successors to their husbands after their deaths, and 21 remained for more than two years, continuing their successful careers.
Among them were representatives of Edith Nourse Rogers, who supported GI start-up funding, to make soldiers and their relatives receive all or all of their school fees or education, and Corinne “Lindy” Boggs, who promoted women’s rights, and Chardiss Collins, who encouraged Medicare growth and action.
One hundred years later, women are now elevated to a position of political prominence. For NYS Governor Kathy Hochul, this is the same. He rose to the rank of Lieutenant Governor of the country’s most populous province with a four-member victory. a special choice to fill the vacancy left by Republican resignation Chris Lee in May 2011, to be the first Of democracy to stand up Article 26 of Congress in New York in 40 years. In 2014, Cuomo selected him as his running mate in the competition Gubernatorial elections in New York, who won, and were re-elected 2018.
But the regimes are not particularly difficult for women, regardless of their successful history. Only 2 percent of all governors in US history have been women, although numerous studies around the world have shown that women make better and more effective leaders than men, especially during the reign. difficult. A recent study entitled, Leading the War Against Plague: Do We Have ‘True’ Gender?, showed that countries with female leaders have done well work to tackle the COVID-19 epidemic, and previous research in the US shows that this is especially true in the US under the leadership of female governors.
Why? Women leaders tend to be less vulnerable to the pressures that are expected in human life, and thus have adopted a clearer, more compassionate and reassuring way of communicating in the face of a life-threatening epidemic. They spoke kindly to their fellow citizens, while reaching out to all political parties, inviting, and embracing, to share in the common good.
If there is any doubt that the first lady of New York State will do the same, let me reduce my concern by recounting my story that Hochul told me in December, 2019, when I asked him about my book, ‘She Is Me: How Women Will Save the World.‘
The issue he spoke about was the experience of the congressional softball field, the general election, when he was first elected to the US House of Representatives in June 2011. At his first meeting with Debbie Wasserman Schultz, former Democratic National Committee Chairman, Schultz asked him if he could play football. soft. Hochul did not finish at first, but after a short study, he soon joined the women in Congress, both Democrats and Republicans, to take part in softball. “Democrat and Republican women in the House and the Senate all played together,” Hochul recalled. “Politics was put aside when we all worked together.”
Their first match was played against the press, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand as a pitcher, Debbie Wasserman Schultz as a shortstop, and Kathy Hochul as a midfielder. “I think [I was put in that position] “Because I was a Democrat in the Republican state,” he said with a laugh. “I was new to softball so when I hit for the first time I developed the player first. I didn’t know you had to do that,” continued Kathy. Koma this is the most unpredictable part of the story.
Later, when his group celebrated their victory at the waterfront, “I had to be friends with all these Republican women, which is unusual because often everyone crosses the street to be a friend of another party,” Hochul said. He then explained how, in contrast, the experience of softball men is very different because their teams are divided by political parties, Republicans versus Democrats. “And they play against each other and retaliate,” he continued. “It’s a shame. There is no unity or culture of the people. Such a lost opportunity for them.” Hochul had a lot to say about the many benefits that female leaders bring to political positions. ” I think it is women’s power in leadership at every level, ”she continued. “Yes, women often go beyond party politics.”
As the interview drew to a close, I mentioned how the day was the coldest day ever recorded in the City that year, and how thrilling it was to ask him in such a hot room for the cold outside, to which Hochul replied, “I assure you that having the more women in office, the more likely their offices will be. ”
I have no doubt.
Lori Sokol, PhD, is the Executive Director and Editor-in-Chief of Women’s eNews, as well as the author of the award-winning book, She Is Me: How Women Will Save the World (He Writes Press, 2020)
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