The importance of women to the future of our species goes way beyond
their procreative power. Female leadership is better leadership and
this augurs a better world.
Women’s Day is an opportunity to advocate for true equality and to share
the evidence revealing why women are the more sustainable sex.
Empowering them is good for people, the planet and profits. If we want
to move forward we need to unambiguously assign blame. Women’s rights
are human rights and men that deny these rights need to be called out.
Women are claiming their rightful place in the halls of political power
and they are changing the world in the process. Nowhere is this more
evident than in the blue wave that solidly rebuked the GOP’s leadership
in the US midterm elections of 2018.
In recent years women are making their voices heard with unprecedented
vigor and in unprecedented numbers. The day after Trump was inaugurated
women staged the single largest day of protest in US history. They came
out again to demonstrate against Trump’s first year in office with a day
of national protest. Almost 2.5 million people came out for the second
annual Women’s March to fight for women’s rights, resist Trump and
denounce the Republican agenda. At these demonstrations they carried
signs like “grab him by the midterms” and that is precisely what they
proceeded to do.
According to a large number of studies, women are greener than men in both their attitudes and their actions. One study
shows that women have a greater stake in managing climate change as
they are “more likely to lose their lives and otherwise fare worse than
men in extreme events from heat waves to hurricanes and tsunamis.”
According to an international survey by Synovate, women are greener than
men. A study published by France’s National Institute of Statistics and
Economics shows that women emit less carbon than men. Men emit an
average of 39.3 kilograms of carbon per day, women emit an average of
32.3 kilograms of carbon per day.
If we want to address climate change around the world and in the
developing world in particular we need to see more women in leadership
roles. There is good evidence to support the idea that when women lead
communities are more sustainable.
Climate change is a critical issue for everyone, but it is especially
hard on women. Happily women are also an essential part of the solution,
not only because they make up half (48.1), but because women tend to be
more green in their lifestyle choices and women in the workforce tend
to more sustainable.