AS IT STANDS | Roman Floresca
Who would be a better leader in times of crisis? A man or a woman? History is replete with men who come to the aid of their country whenever the need arises. And it also chronicles how a few women were able to surmount the difficulties of their era. But these women were only a few against the thousands of men who led their fellows in these good or bad times. So we are left with such names as Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill and what have you. Crisis after world crisis, leaders that come forward are the men whose leadership qualities have been tried and tested.
But there are times when a woman takes the helm to be the leader. Such as when Madam Curie, Golda Mier, or Indira Gandhi led their nations to greatness.
Well, we have someone like that in our family, a so-called madre de familia. Manang Jean, as we love to call her, has been our second guardian ever since I could remember. When I was in the second grade, she took me along with my older sister to a school in Baguio City where she was teaching and enrolled both of us for one year. Years later when I was about to enroll in third year high school Manang Jean, who was then teaching at the Uno High School in Binondo, Manila, told me I could enroll at Trinity College in Quezon City, I immediately took up the offer. But I couldn’t enjoy it long enough for I had this mental attitude towards the way the rudiments of ROTC (Reserved Officers Training Course) were taught in Metro Manila versus that in the provinces.
In a discussion on why women become better leaders than men, people refer to a phenomenon called the “glass cliff.” It is like a glass ceiling or an invisible barrier when women are up for promotion to the CEO-level or presidency of a firm. When a company is in trouble, a woman is usually put in charge to save it and the chances of failure are high.
Having a female as leader is nothing new in the Philippines. According to a recent survey, women consist 50.2 percent of our labor force and the female literacy rate is 92.7 percent.
Well these are just figures which may come in handy in our lives.