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WOMEN IN POWER & HANDLING CORONAVIRUS

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HER SUCCESS HAS MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR THIS LOCKDOWN TO END.

COVID-19 swept through and altered how we live, not only in the US but in other countries
around the world as well. While it can be argued how well various governments have handled the coronavirus, one thing has become abundantly clear- research shows that countries that are led by women have been most effective in handling this crisis.

New Zealand: According to the New York Times, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New
Zealand has reported that due to the cooperation of the entire nation, they have been successful eradicating- not just controlling- the Covid-19 spread. Ms. Ardern set a mandatory country-wide lockdown on March 25th, and her success has made it possible for this lockdown to end.

Germany: In March, Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, stood up before her country and stated that the coronavirus was not to be taken lightly. Angela Merkel successfully led the country through the pandemic by showing a good example of pandemic behavior. Germany immediately made testing available to every citizen. According to Forbes, Germany reported infection numbers that were much lower than their European counterparts.

Taiwan: Taiwan has been commended by CNN for its response to the virus, calling it “among the world’s best.” Taiwanese leader Tsai Ing-wen stepped up in January at the emergence of the virus and cultivated 124 measures to put in place to prevent the country from lockdown, a measure that most countries have been forced to resort to. Today, Taiwan has reported 7 deaths throughout the entire pandemic.

Iceland: Prime Minister of Iceland, Katrín Jakobsdóttir, began offering free Covid-19 testing to all of Iceland’s citizens, unlike many countries that were led by men who did not offer testing until much later. According to Forbes, Iceland had screened five times as many people as South Korea had.

Following the analysis of 194 countries published by the Centre for Economic Policy and the
World Economic Forum, research suggests that there were vast differences in responses in
women-led countries versus men-led countries. This pushes forward the idea that women in power handled the corona-virus pandemic much more efficiently. Supriya Garikipati, a
developmental economist at Liverpool stated that “Our results clearly indicate that women leaders reacted more quickly and decisively in the face of potential fatalities…In almost all cases, they locked down earlier than male leaders in similar circumstances. While this may have longer-term economic implications, it has certainly helped these countries to save lives, as evidenced by the significantly lower number of deaths in these countries.”