For many people the presidential election came down to a simple question, Can a female be the President of the United States? The very simple answer to this question is yes, of course, she can. A better answer, however, is not only can a woman be president but a woman is, in fact, better equipped to handle the civic challenges of the 21st Century.
Here are just a few reasons why a woman is better suited to tackle the challenges of the new century.
Women Build Civilizations
Since antiquity, women have been responsible for building not only the physical structures but the societal structures that make civilizations possible. At a purely evolutionary level, building the structures of that make human culture flourish is simply an extension of the nest building activity females perform. From walls to temples, ziggurats to grain storehouses, woman were the first engineers. The structures they build made possible things like agriculture, cultural institutions and government.
Women Advance Technology
It is a well-known fact that women are the stewards of technology in both human societies and in the societies of our primate cousins. Females are responsible for raising the children and, subsequently, are responsible for passing along technological advances necessary for society to function.
Technology plays an increasingly important role in our politics and daily lives. Females are historically and evolutionarily better suited to understand it and pass it along to the next generation.
Women Understand Industry
Despite the common belief that industry and manufacturing are the domains of man, it is women, in fact, that were the origin of the industry. Consider that, in the case of our early primate ancestors, women were the primary tool makers and users. These tools were by and large grinding implements like mortar and pestles. And the process of grinding is one of the most fundamental industrial processes.
A more concrete example of the industriousness of women comes from more modern times. Throughout the history of civilization, women have been the main group responsible for the production of pottery. Which may not seem like a big deal until you realize that pottery is one of the more important technological advancements in human history.
As we move into the 21st century it is pivotal we start understanding and tackling our modern challenges. What role does technology play in our lives? What does the future of work look like? At the most basic of levels, what kind of country do we want to be?
We’ve listened to men and followed their leadership for the last 200 plus years. However, men are unequipped and have been since the time of antiquity, to deal with these questions. It’s time to listen to the women now. It’s time to give females a fighting chance.
Want to know more about how women have advanced societies? Check out the book by Dr. Irena Scott, Females Going Ape, and how females generated life and civilization.