Barbados’ Prime Minister Mia Mottley was interviewed by CNN’s Christiane Amampour on Wednesday. Mottley is one of a handful of female leaders who are being praised for their leadership during the COVID-19 crisis I guess people are surprised that women can be good leaders? Although let me take the less cynical perspective and look at it from the journalistic perspective that things out of the ordinary are always newsworthy- there are only 15 female heads of state in the world. And indeed, female leaders are doing a comparably excellent job managing this unprecedented crisis…
Nevertheless, Mottley is being praised for steering Barbados out of the crisis. Lockdowns and curfews are in the process of being lifted, and the number of cases and deaths from the virus are relatively low.
It should also be noted that the first story regarding female leadership during the crisis emerged from a journalist in France, writing for Amina Magazine. The story was published for several days with little reaction, then a writer from Forbes allegedly plagiarized the story, only for it to go viral. Charlotte Seck should be credited for her research and work.
It never says much to look at success without the context of the rest…No one wants to address the other female leaders and if overall there’s not much that gender is telling us about how countries are dealing with this or other national issues.