Female leadership & Covid-19

Female-run countries acted on the Covid-19 Pandemic with great caution and preciseness compared to male-run countries, a study from Johns Hopkins University suggests.

With the Covid-19 pandemic running ramped and ever-so progressing, female leaders have stepped up to the plate and locked down their countries, thus preventing more deaths than male leaders who decided to keep their borders open or lagged with the crucial decision. Leaders such as Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel and New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern showed great fortitude and swiftness as the death toll started to rise, posing a threat to the well-established safety guidelines to prevent the further spread of Covid-19. Not to mention other female leaders, such as Denmark’s Mette Frederiksen, Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen and Finland’s Sanna Marin, also acted in the same and coherent manner, which can be reflected in their policy reforms and risk-aversive decisions.

This was assessed amongst 194 countries from the Center for Economic Policy Research and the World Economic Forum (Garikipati, 2020). The assessment concluded that there is indeed a distinguishable disparity between how women vs male leaders reacted in times of the Covid crisis. In order for an accurate comparison, the research team took the economic status, and populations, and the age demographics of the list of countries into account. Thus, at the end of compiling a list of characteristics, only 19 countries out of 194 were women-led. Geographical location of nearby male-led countries with a similar range of characteristics were chosen as pairs, which can be seen below in a graphic produced by the Guardian.


Sources:

Garikipati, Supriya and Kambhampati, Uma, Leading the Fight Against the Pandemic: Does Gender ‘Really’ Matter? (June 3, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3617953 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3617953

Johns Hopkins University of Medicine. (2020). COVID-19 Map. Retrieved November 01, 2020, from https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html

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