#sistersaredoingitforthemselves

Lenny lectures on the ladies

There is no question there are/have been some disastrous male leaders in politics – in no particular order – The North Korean Kims, Stalin, Mao, Hitler, Amin, Saddam, Juncker, Chamberlain, Rudd, Turnbull, Hoxha, Trudeau, Obama, Carter, Bush Jr, Yeltsin, Erdogan, Chavez, Maduro, Macron and so on. Many would be well within their rights to demand Trump be included too. It’s all subjective of course. The list above will undoubtedly trigger some complaint.

However does Lenny Kravitz honestly believe that genitalia is the key determinant for success in world leadership? Or is this a cynical virtue signaling hijack of a well publicized cause (International Women’s Day) which might help resurrect dwindling industry-wide revenue in a music streaming world? Then again Lenny has first hand experience in letting it all hang out to get media attention when his wardrobe failure exposed his Prince Albert in 2015.

Did Lenny forget Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was given a 12 year sentence for money laundering and corruption? Or former South Korean President Park Gyun-hye who was locked away for 24 years for her abuse of power, coercion and bribery? Former Ukrainian PM Yulia Tymoshenko received a 7 years jail term for embezzlement. Elena Ceausescu was executed by the Romanian Armed Forces for heinous crimes against her people.

Let’s not go near the toxic trail of disaster left behind Hillary Clinton. Is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s $93 trillion Green New Deal thought bubble the type of leadership the world is craving? Do we want the shoot from the hip without facts style of Nancy Pelosi, Kamala Harris or Maxine Waters? Or does Lenny think we should channel the moral high ground calibre of Ilhan Omar or Rashida Tlaib to run international diplomacy?

This is not to cast aspersions on the huge number of successful and capable women that exist in world politics. Do we really think the following women want constituents to judge them on the basis of gender or hope they look to their track records first and foremost?

Exhibit A – former US Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley. Sign CM up. She is intelligent, strong, articulate and just happens to be a woman. CM sincerely hopes she runs for POTUS. She’d be fantastic.

Exhibit B – Australian Senator Linda Reynolds. She gave an incredibly powerful speech about lived experience with respect to people smuggling. Principled and earnest. Just happens to be female.

Exhibit C – Former Canadian Interim Opposition Leader Rona Ambrose regularly tore strips off Justin Trudeau through reasoned logic and sensible argument. Just happens to have XX chromosomes.

Exhibit D – Australian Labor Party Senator Kimberley Kitching appears another impressive politician. CM shares little in the way of political ideology with her but once again she appears intelligent, measured and confident in her own skin.

We could go on and on.

On the other hand CM wonders what is this obsession with gender and identity taking a premium to merit and ability?

In the upcoming federal election in Australia the parties are chest-beating about their relative diversity. Parties preselect candidates on their ability to win seats. No point putting up women (or men for that matter) on the ticket on the basis of their gender if the talents won’t garner a tick at the polling booth.

Social media is likely to lavish praise on Lenny Kravitz for being so ‘woke’. Best check his ranking on iTunes next week to see if his little stunt paid real dividends thanks to a bump of “Always on the run” downloads.

Maybe our Lenny needs to play the Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin tune, “Sisters are doing it for themselves“, on a loop. They believed they could stand on their own two feet back in 1985. Far easier in 2019 to do so.

Weren’t sisters doing it for themselves?

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Aretha Franklin and Annie Lennox from the Eurythmics told us back in 1985:

Sisters are doing it for themselves
Standing on their own two feet
And ringing on their own bells
Sisters are doing it for themselves”

It was only yesterday CM congratulated Ana Carrasco for being the very first women’s motorcycle world champ. She defied all the odds which undoubtedly made her achievement all the sweeter.

However California is introducing legislation forcing companies to have at least one female board member by next year and three by 2021. What if women don’t want to work for the sewage board?

In June 2018 CM was in Israel on a delegation and met some of the most brilliant, intelligent and talented people in that group. Many happened to be women (an irrelevance) but they’ve achieved their status through ability not gender. To think they’d got to the top by anything other than raw determination and talent would be an insult to them. Not one of them has been out there waiting for a free pass.

On the contrary, California must have rocks in its head to think that talented sisters are waiting for a legal leg up. Talk about a patriarchy that wants to do good. It only seeks to point it out. Effectively saying without our help you can’t get ahead by yourself!

To put the shoe on the other foot, what if a company has a 100% female board? I’m sure California will clock it up as a win for diversity. What next, LGBT representation? Religious representation?

CM welcomes 100% female boards if meritocracy is the driver. Companies in this day and age that don’t strive to hire the best will suffer in the end if they choose mediocre men over women. Surely shareholders are the ones who should have the say, not legislators.

The CEO of CM’s next venture is a woman of such impeccable credentials that she totally deserves the position she’s in. She wasn’t selected on gender but qualifications.

So 33 years ago, the movement was already in full swing. Is it that California’s leaders are just way behind the curve?

Now there was a time when they used to say
That behind every – “great man”
There had to be a – “great woman”

But in these times of change you know
That it’s no longer true
So we’re coming out of the kitchen
Cause there’s something we forgot to say to you (we say)…

we got doctors, lawyers, politicians too

Everybody – take a look around
Can you see – can you see – can you see
There’s a woman right next to you

Sisters are doing it for themselves
Standing on their own two feet
And ringing on their own bells
Sisters are doing it for themselves

Now we ain’t making stories
And we ain’t laying plans
Cause a man still loves a woman
And a woman still loves a man
(Just the same though)…