It has been one of the apparent paradoxes that while USA has been one of the countries that gave birth to women empowerment women emancipation etc., participation of women in politics was none what so ever for quite a long time. As a matter of fact, women in USA were accorded voting rights much after it was provided in India. Finally things are changing and now women are also entering into politics. The two icons from USA who have facilitated the change include Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin who was the Republican Vice President and first lady Governor from Alaska. Now as the primaries for the US elections for 2010 is gaining ground, women professionals, who have been shining beacons in the American corporate history have decided to test waters in the US elections.
The two women professionals are Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman and former HP CEO Carly Fiorina. While Meg Whitman has won the nomination to fight for the post of governorship of California, Fiorina has won her primary win in Anaheim, California.
These business women could change the contours of politics in USA as they have run one of the most successful business conglomerates with panache all over the world, and the insight and experience that they have accumulated from working around the world, is the USP that they are bringing on to the table, and indeed it has become the decisive factor earning them their nominations.
Women indeed should take to politics in a big way. Mayawati, or Corazon Aquino may be exceptions as far as having a halo of corruption around their head, but a World Bank study has pointed out that with increasing number of women stepping into politics the incidence of corruption has indeed gone down.
Such scenario could have ominous portents for Indian politics as well, if the era of nomination of candidates is replaced by the regime where the residents of the constituency nominate a candidate. Indian business scenario is studded with successful women entrepreneurs who have based on their grit and perseverance made their mark in a big way in the world of business, some examples being Kiran Majumdar Shaw of Biocon, Shobhana Bhartiya of Hindustan Times, Sulajja Motwani of Kinetic Scooters, Priya Paul of Park Group of Hotels etc., These women have made a successful model of the business arena in which they have stepped in, and they need to be given a chance to run the public offices as well. As they have seen good life, wealth etc., all, for them the need for making money would not be that paramount through the business deals as has become the wont with the male dominated politics. Would the political parties take cue from the change that is happening in the USA?
By: Suman Rai