by Rosie BaileyClockwise from left: Theresa May, Hillary Clinton, Arlene Foster, Angela Merkel, Leanne Wood and Nicola Sturgeon. Photos: Jonathan Hordle/Bryce Vickmark/ZUMA Wire/BPI/NIVIERE/SIPA/Tracey Paddison/REX/Shutterstock
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The remarkable rise of women in politics shows that it is time for a different style of leadership, says Rosie Bailey, who provides five actions for HR practitioners.
The rise of women in political leadership roles is a tell-tale sign that the glass ceiling has finally been broken. Theresa May has become the UK’s second woman prime minister and Nicola Sturgeon and Arlene Foster are the first ministers of Scotland and Northern Ireland respectively.
Internationally, German chancellor Angela Merkel is the stand-out European politician and Hillary Clinton is in the frame to become America’s first female president.
And it is not just affluent Western nations that are appointing women as heads of state. Chile, Liberia, South Korea and Taiwan are among the growing number of countries that now have female presidents.
Politics used to be led by men, so the emergence of so many female leaders is noteworthy. One reason why this is happening is because pioneering women have paved the way.
When Roger Bannister ran the first sub-four-minute mile in 1954, he debunked the myth that this feat was impossible. Once that psychological barrier had been overcome, other athletes followed his lead.
In British politics, Margaret Thatcher’s success set a precedent and proved an inspiration for many women to enter the political arena. The same could be said of India’s In