The Feminine Mystique and Covit-19

Illustration by João Fazenda
Illustration by João Fazenda

Workplace Hidden Opportunities (WHO) for the last five years has had two important objectives: building a platform and app for individuals to expand their network of global virtual relationships for developing and managing their enterprise and projects.; and, to advocate the role of women in moving the evolution of civilization forward.

The New Yorker 4.19.20
Last week, a flurry of widely shared articles noted that a number of countries deemed to be doing well in the fight against the novel Coronavirus have something in common: they are led by women. Whether this observation is meaningful is hard to say; the countries in question are disproportionately small, wealthy, Scandinavian, and, not incidentally, providers of universal health care. But the idea had social-media appeal: could female leaders be, as the Guardian put it, the world’s “secret weapon”? And, if so, why? Speculation ranged from the sociological (women have to be more competent in order to gain power) to the dubiously gendered (they are good at “love”).

Ellen Johnson Sirleafhe, former President of Liberia, in a call for concerted action to counter covid-19, invoked the lessons that African countries had learned from the Ebola epidemic. As Ayres put it, “There is deep expertise in places that most Americans aren’t thinking about.”

That may be one of the most important messages from the wider world. The struggle to control the pandemic has to be a joint project, as if the whole planet were seeking to reach the moon together. Every nation can contribute, including those whose voices are less often heard. And no one can be left behind.
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