What can 56% of women do?

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It’s election time in the US again and there are two men competing to run the country and vying for the female vote. Where are the female candidates?
In 2012 there are currently 20 Female World Leaders serving as Presidents, Prime Ministers and Chancellors serving their countries.  In the US, we don’t even have a female Vice President on the ballot.

And yet – there is a way. We only have to follow the example of Rwanda. Yup – that third world country that none of us knows anything about.  In four years time they went from 30% females in leadership roles to 56%. Guess what happened then …

Rwanda ranks #1 in the world in terms of women in the national legislature. It ranks above Sweden, Cuba, Norway, and Denmark, and 191 other countries.

The US currently ranks #79.

“What would happen if ‘overnight,’ women who are already hardwired with the traits of a great leader, were voted into a majority of seats in the U.S. Congress?” What would happen if women were promoted to 56% of leadership positions at all levels of society around the globe?

The lesson from Rwanda offers valuable insights. The shift to 56% began in 2004, when President Paul Kagame pushed for a *quota* system. He wanted the constitution of Rwanda to be rewritten to require at least 30% of women in leadership roles.

Why 56%?

56% Represents a Tipping Point. Our goal is to change the GENDER BALANCE of women in leadership in business and the government – to 56% women.

At present, only 16% of members of the U.S. Congress House of Representatives are women. In addition, women leaders in business represent an untapped “brain trust.” If 56% of the most influential leadership position in government were filled by women then government monies would be redirected away from tanks, bombs, and corporate greed. Instead government monies would be directed toward health, education, sustainability, and the eradication of poverty. (56percent.org)

Check out 56percent.org and Tweet it, blog about it, visit it and help promote it with as many women and men as you can. The time for baby steps is long gone. When 56% was achieved in Rwanda, women began to rewrite the laws and turned their focus to education and healthcare and away from war and genocide.

Remember, only 16.8% of the members of the U.S. Congress are women and only 277 women have been elected to the U.S. Congress vs 12,000 men, since 1920 yet 60% of college students are women. This is the perfect time to empower and support those women to become our leaders.

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