It has been a long time gone.
They finally have the time to try to make it work.
You know that thing called Democracy.
No, not the rhetoric — well, the false promises… words, words, words. The Politician. The lies.. The grabbing of power, and holding on. The Tyrants. Rulers. Leaders, in name only.
You have sat too long for any good you have been doing lately … Depart, I say; and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go! — Oliver Cromwell to the Rump Parliament.
They have gone in two countries. Male tyrants and scoundrels.
It’s about time for their turn: two strong and determined women. The Challenge of Democracy. The men have been mostly a disaster.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Joyce Banda are the first two elected women leaders in Africa. And their Temperament, Fieldmarshal Rational, most likely will help them in their near impossible task. Bringing peace, prosperity, and stability to countries and a continent that badly needs some firm but gentle leadership. Good government — not pillaging public coffers or sucking up all the Western Aid money, plus naked and rampant corruption: which is endemic in the continent.
However, Fieldmarshal Rationals are leaders where the near impossible is possible.
Fieldmarshals more than any other type desire (and generally have the ability) to visualize where the organization is going, and they seem able to communicate that vision to others. Their organizational and coordinating skills tends to be highly developed, which means that they are likely to be good at systematizing, ordering priorities, generalizing, summarizing, marshaling evidence, and at demonstrating their ideas. [Please Understand Me II]
“Iron Lady” has been one of the sobriquets that female leaders have been labeled with, not always as a compliment. The “Iron Man” is not a sobriquet used in politics. Women, even at this point, are not be accepted as a political leader in the West without being “tough.” Politics is a rough and tumble business, and in Africa it can be deadly. However, hopefully and maybe “The Velvet Fist” will be a better sobriquet for a more enlightened 21st century: gentle on impact but strong in force.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (born 29 October 1938) is the 24th and current President of Liberia. She served as Minister of Finance under President William Tolbert from 1979 until the 1980 coup d’état, after which she left Liberia and held senior positions at various financial institutions. She placed a very distant second in the 1997 presidential election. Later, she was elected President in the 2005 presidential election and took office on 16 January 2006. She successfully ran for re-election in 2011. Sirleaf is the first elected female head of state in Africa. Sirleaf was awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, jointly with Leymah Gbowee of Liberia and Tawakel Karman of Yemen. The women were recognized “for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work. [Wikipedia]
Joyce Hilda Banda née Mtila (born 12 April 1950) is a Malawian politician who has been the President of Malawi since 7 April 2012. An educator and grassroots women’s’ rights activist, she was Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2006 to 2009 and Vice-President of Malawi from May 2009 to April 2012. Banda took office as President following the sudden death of President Bingu wa Mutharika. She is Malawi’s fourth president and its first female president. Prior to becoming president, she served as the country’s first female vice-president. She was also Member of Parliament and Minister for Gender, Children’s Affairs and Community Services. Prior to an active career in politics she was the founder of the Joyce Banda Foundation, founder of the National Association of Business Women (NABW), Young Women Leaders Network and the Hunger Project. [Wikipedia, revised]
Yes, it’s about time, and only time will tell.
I respect that decision. I respect Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir as head of state of Sudan, but I as President Joyce Banda, my main agenda right now is economic recovery. — Joyce Banda, President of Malawi
We are rebuilding everything, and this is an open society where basic freedoms and rights are respected. — Ellen Johnson Sirleaf