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A chance to lead: Girls and the leadership gap

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  • Jamescmeyer Midwest City, USA, OK
    Feb. 14, 2014 6:43 a.m.

    Without supposing it an absolute in all facets of society, it is a simple reality that "assertiveness" and similar leadership-oriented traits are simply more aligned with the hormonal and psychological development of men, and it follows that this is-as always has been-something brought out in boys as they grow.

    It's an important gift that we're given to help facilitate our roles as husbands and fathers, among other things. It's one of the ways in which we and women are equal, yet distinct. The family is the core unit of society, and when everyone is fulfilling their part correctly, ideally, women don't -need- to be assertive or to be what people deem "leaders" in a social sense. She's the less assertive counter-balance to the father.