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Margaret Atwood once stated that war and rape are "two activities not widely engaged in by a women". In a well-organzied paragraph, explain how you think our world would be different if it were run by women.. back up with statements

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I don't believe that gender is the sole reason for determining whether they would be a better leader than someone else. It depends on the individual and their believes and morals as to what kind of leader they will make.

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Some thinkers would argue that women in power would be little different than men in power.  Some post modern thinkers believe that power, itself, is the defining characteristic, and whether or man or woman assumes this position of power, the question is not about their gender, but more about how do they view the distribution of power; is it arising from top down, or is it more participatory.  This might have been proven in with our limited history in this domain.  Female leaders such as Indira Gandhi, Margaret Thatcher, and Golda Meir have been very similar in both theory and practice as their male counterparts.  A natural inclination is to believe that if women were in power, a greater attention to issues that plague women, which have long been silenced, would be raised to the forefront.  I believe you can find evidence and theories on both sides of this argument.  Others would contend that environmental awareness would receive greater prominence.  Here again, evidence abounds supporting and refuting.

We can presume two things would change, though. The impact on younger girls would be undeniable.  If a girl, growing up in any part of the world, would be able to point to the fact that multiple prominent leaders in her world are women, a reconceptualization of her dreams can transpire.  In some respects, we would have alleviated to some extent part of the crisis of representation that is currently around us.  Girls can look to political leaders and their narratives to integrate into their own frames of references.  Finally, I think we can also say that voices of gender that has been silenced for some time would be effectively moved from margin to center.

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