Legislative Report

Are Women Leaders Doing a Better Job?

A Message from Stephanie Ertel, Legislative Chair

As Democratic Women, we will be focusing on electing more women to office, not just to close the gender gap, but to improve governance in our State and nation.

Several news outlets, including USA Today and Forbes magazine have noticed that nations led by women are having better outcomes during the Covid19 Pandemic. Some nations to watch are Germany, New Zealand, Slovakia, and Iceland. For example, both Germany and Slovakia have much lower death rates than other European countries, and Iceland and Germany have much higher rates of testing.

In the April 10, 2020 edition of Forbes magazine, Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic made the following observation: “The performance of countries with female heads of state …has so far been quite positive.”

He goes on to state that “data support the idea that women are better equipped for handling a health crisis, including a pandemic. Even if the issue at stake is just focused on a specific range of decision-making tendencies or cognitive biases, such as reckless risk-taking, overconfidence, and hubris (all of which are more common in men than women) it is intuitive to see the logic for reducing risk by increasing the number of women in charge.”

Angela Merkel, Tsai Ing-wen, Jacinda Ardern, Katrin Jakobsdottir