This is a blogpost by Timi Owope... All major political climates across 1st world states have seen women take on increasingly prominent roles in government.
Cersei Lannister's fiery ascension to the iron throne, Daenerys Targaryen’s acquisition of an army unmatched by any in the seven kingdoms, the Dornish Coup and let’s not forget Yara Greyjoy and the enigmatic Lyana Mormont.
Before you dismiss this strong matriarchal presence in politics as a phenomenon present in only the world of fiction, you should examine the modern political climate and you will see that George R.R Martin has only mirrored modern society in his above mentioned work.
All major political climates across 1st world states have seen women take on increasingly prominent roles in government.
Angela Merkel, the German chancellor has been in office since 2005 and was heralded as 'Europe’s undisputed leader' by The Guardian Newspaper.
This isn’t just empty praise. The European Union’s active involvement in the Greek debt crisis and the massive influx of refugees from the middle east have recently highlighted chancellor Merkel’s leadership qualities on a continental scale.
Presently there are 23 female heads-of-state in countries across the world. Theresa May became the 23rd female leader on the 13th of July in the light of former Prime minister James Cameron’s resignation in the wake of the ‘Brexit’ vote.
Her primary agenda is to ensure a European Union exit with minimized impact on the British economy. She was selected by British parliament to undergo this herculean task in a time punctuated with its own problems (terrorism and climate change among others). She is Britain’s second ever female Prime Minister
On the 6th of June 2016 Hillary Clinton became the presumptive presidential nominee of the Democratic Party of USA. This was the first time in American history a woman will emerge as the candidate of a major political party.
This was done amidst an email crisis that led to a large-scale senate investigation and a recently concluded senate hearing. Her next task is defeating Donald Trump at the polls come November.
If this happens she will become the first female president of the United States of America and the most powerful woman and world leader on God’s green earth. Clinton lead recent CNN polls 60% to Trump’s 40%.
Angela Merkel, Theresa May and Hillary Clinton were selected to give an overview of major female players in the past, relative present and possible future.
This future might arrive with the possibility of a female Secretary-General in the United Nations as 6 of the 12 nominated candidates are women.
These individuals have achieved this level of political success on merit and are undisputedly the best individuals for the positions they occupy.
This is a large boost for the feminist movement because these women have broken the mould of high level political positions being occupied exclusively by men and this is just the beginning.
A victory for Hillary Clinton in November will bring the percentage of Permanent Security Council members headed by Women to 40% and this, along with the possibility of a female Secretary General, will give an unmistakable female voice to world politics.
This is no longer ‘A Man’s World’ as James Brown sang, but one where both men and women have voices and they will not be silent.
Timileyin Bondefaiye - Owope is a 400 level Student of International Law and Diplomacy at Babcock University. His interests include international Politics, psychology, social media and performance cars. In his spare time he reads, plays basketball, listens to his extremely diversified music collection while dreaming of ways he can become a super hero.
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