VIEW FROM THE HOUSE
IN the shape of the US Presidential elections, democracy has again dealt a surprise to the pollsters and many of the political observers and commentators who think and claim they know the minds of “the people”.
It reminds us that our citizens lead diverse lives and that the political “classes” sometimes do not appreciate the varied experience of people living in the same state or country.
It also reminded us of the glass ceiling for women which means that so many countries still do not and never have had a woman as the head of state. We are fortunate now in having both a female Head of State and a female Prime Minister. That means that we can encourage our daughters as well as our sons to realise that they can achieve anything. They should only be limited by their ability, not by their gender, wealth, appearance, colour or creed.
There have been a lot of glass ceilings shattered over the years and indeed I have broken a few myself. We are often told now that it is a woman’s world and that girls are no longer ‘the second sex’. They appear confident and articulate, often out-performing the boys of the same age group. However, they can still be inwardly lacking in self-esteem and the world of social media can give a very false impression of the lives of their peers, making our young women feel unsuccessful rather than reflecting on all their achievements and building on them.
We must work towards a country that, as our new Prime Minister says, works for everyone: a country where women are represented in public and commercial spheres, so there are role models and the parity of esteem.
The US situation will settle down. Mr President-Elect Donald Trump will find that the hard and difficult business of governing is a lot more serious and arduous than the impression given by the often shallow and careless rhetoric of campaigning. There is a lesson in this for all of us. What’s your view on this? Have your say on our letters page