Posted by: ginalazenby | October 17, 2013

USA: Men created the mess, now women get them out of it!

This is what Senator Mark Pryor said yesterday in Washington. An article in the Huffington Post speaks about how it was the men who had got the USA into a mess with the Government Shutdown this month but it was the women who had got the country out of the mess.

Wow! And if you think that is just enthusiastic or biased reporting then you can actually see and hear Senator Mark Pryor speak about the role of the women senators and his admiration for their work. Huffpost article.  I can remember standing at Amsterdam Airport departure gate and watching in disbelief as the announcement was made on TV that the Government was going into shutdown mode … a presenter stood in New York with the Statue of Liberty behind her talking about how tourist attractions would be closing. I thought … what are they thinking??!! How could anyone in politics let this happen ….. it seemed so obvious to me that individual interests and aspirations were being valued over the common good and what was needed for the people of America.

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Then the news today of the breakthrough.  Again … how brilliant is that?!    What’s so great about this is that the valuable contribution made by women to the advancement of the world, in this case the government negotiation process, is not being overlooked as it so often is. It is actually being celebrated and the key women are being given credit, which, as most women will agree, is a rare thing indeed as we so often work hard behind the scenes.

This revelation affirms that the role of feminine leadership is being recognised as a solution for some of the world’s most challenging problems. Indeed it might even be the case that women do have the leading role to play.  We do have special skills which the Senator highlighted in his speech which can make the difference.

According to the Post’s Laura Bassett, after a deal was announced Senator John McCain said “Leadership, I must fully admit, was provided primarily from women in the Senate.

Senator Pryor spoke of his admiration for his women colleagues after watching them negotiate. “The truth is, women in the Senate is a good thing,” he said. “We’re all just glad they allowed us to tag along so we could see how it’s done.”

Out of 14 senators in the cross party group, six were women. The group was started by Susan Collins (R-Maine) who told The New York Times,  “I don’t think it’s a coincidence that women were so heavily involved in trying to end this stalemate. Although we span the ideological spectrum, we are used to working together in a collaborative way.

That’s the golden nugget isn’t it?  It’s women’s capacity to work together and put aside differences to find common ground so that we can collaborate and serve the greater good of all. Apparently,  the 20 women in the Senate have formed strong friendships of trust.  One of the group spoke about how those important relationships make a difference when we have to deal with what  really matters.

This is what we women do so well …. we prioritise and value relationships and communication so that trust is there when collaboration is needed.

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