What’s so special about a woman Prime Minister? Does her gender make any difference?
Many women think it should not matter whether the Prime Minister is a woman or a man. But it does!
A woman has the advantage of being able to use both her feminine and masculine energy, and power, to do her job.
The difference between feminine and masculine energy is not widely understood, especially by men. They often equate it with weakness, because it does not exhibit the forceful qualities they recognise as masculine power.
Feminine energy has nothing to do with strength of character. All politicians who reach the top have to be tough.
Could it be that Margaret Thatcher had to display more of her masculine side to be taken seriously in the very different world of the 1980s? No doubt she used her softer feminine skills behind the scenes to get her way and achieve the very considerable loyalty she gained during most her time as PM.
In today’s world we have a very different model of a woman using her feminine energy and power in Angela Merkel.
She has held her position as German Chancellor in a very macho political society for eleven years, without ever having publicly ‘raised her voice’. It would be difficult to imagine her taking an aggressive stance but nobody could ever doubt her determination and strength of character.
It will be very interesting to see these two powerful women work out the challenges that lie ahead.
More information on how masculine and feminine energy play out in healthy and unhealthy couple relationships is contained in my forthcoming book ‘Love Sex and the Midlife Woman.’
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