In the words of Beyonce’, “girls run the world,” and according to former President Barack Obama, things would be better if they did.
Though it might not be perfect, he believes that with women in charge, we would see widespread gains around the globe.
Speaking at a private leadership event in Singapore on Monday, Obama said, “I’m absolutely confident that for two years if every nation on earth was run by women, you would see a significant improvement across the board on just about everything … living standards and outcomes.”
The event was a talk-through of discussing the need for new leadership, world-wide, with talking points on the Middle East and others whose leaders fight to remain in power. Places where they, the political leaders themselves, are part of the problem.
Obama said that many of the world’s challenges stem from “old people, usually old men, not getting out of the way.” He believes that they tend to “cling to power” because of some form of being “insecure.” He adds that “they have outdated ideas and the energy and fresh vision and new approaches are squashed.”
"What we need, in terms of global leadership, is people who are comfortable with and understand complexities," Obama stated, according to NPR and the Singapore-based Straits Times. "But that, of course, requires citizens to be comfortable and understand complexity."
When speaking in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and sharing a stage with his sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, Obama is all about female empowerment, growth, and equality.
"It turns out that one of the best indicators of whether a country is developed or not is how does it educate its girls and how does it treat its women," Obama said. "And typically, those countries that do a bad job on that are backwards and behind economically."