Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has provided many reasons for not wanting to impeach President Donald Trump, but regardless of her reasons she has been resolute in her belief that impeaching Trump would be unwise.
Some argue that Pelosi’s unwillingness to impeach is a sign of weakness and reflects negatively on women, especially those in positions of power. But is this reluctance to impeach really hurting women by depicting them as fearful of taking on strong men?
Quite the contrary. Despite having been met with much criticism, Pelosi is staying strong as a growing number of Democrats and even some Republicans are pressuring her to begin impeachment hearings against President Trump. Recently, a coalition of more than two dozen liberal groups wrote Pelosi a letter expressing frustration about her reluctance to move forward on impeachment, saying she was “giving us political excuses” rather than exercising leadership. Pelosi responded by stating, "Make no mistake. We know exactly what path we're on. We know exactly what actions we need to take.”
Whether or not you agree with her politics or her firm stance on not moving to impeach this president, Pelosi is a shining example for women of grace under fire, while providing a case study on how female leaders must be steadfast in their beliefs, even when met with adversity and pushback from their male colleagues and counterparts.
From allocating funds for a controversial new project to restructuring the team of an entire department, women leaders, such as those in boardrooms all across America, are making tough and crucial decisions, many of which fly in the face of what their fellow male board members would do if faced with those same challenges.
The fresh perspectives and ultimate decisions from these strong-willed women are paying off, assisting companies such as Ventas and the Home Shopping Network – each of which have a higher-than-average number of women on their boards, in adding diverse new thinking, which research has shown, directly and positively affects the success of these organizations.
Today’s woman has little resemblance to the woman of sixty years ago, once overly amenable and easily swayed in her decision-making by the cross-armed alpha male standing in front of her. As tables continue to turn in the wake of the #metoo movement and serious female contenders for the country’s ultimate “chair” seat, the presidency, we are seeing a stronger and more determined female presence in boardrooms from coast to coast; Pelosi isn’t the only decisively steadfast woman holding a gavel.
Sheila Ronning, founder and CEO of Women In The Boardroom – an organization founded with the goal of bridging the gender gap in the boardroom – is a recognized expert on boardroom diversity and leadership. Follow her on Twitter (Twitter @RonningSheila).
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