Women As Political Leaders

Posted by Terri McCormick On April - 14 - 2014

This phenomenon of women being able to cross party lines and being more prone to solving problems is, ironically, at odds with the front-row mentalities in rancorous fall-in-line party politics.

Women in PoliticsThe predatory fall-in-line politics is dependent on turf wars and silo building. Further, the survival of the front-row leadership ranks is often dependent on maintaining the same old ideological battles between the two political parties. It is not in either party machine’s interests to solve problems. Political donations and campaign cash is a direct result of creating fear and angering their respective voting bases.

The very nature of serving the people, or populist thinking, may hinge on the need for increasing the numbers of independent voters, who demand change in our political system. Independent voters formed a show-me aspect of politics in the 2006 and 2008 elections. They insisted on information and research on all candidates across the political spectrum. And it was then that they cast their votes and encouraged their social networks to cast their votes for candidates of integrity and ideas.

may prove one way to break the back of the current rank-and-file clubs that seem to have bolstered political intrigue and partisan politics.

If American citizens hope to find policy makers interested in solving problems, rather than those resembling schoolyard thugs or bullies at recess, we might learn a lesson from citizen leaders who do their homework and keep an open mind before casting their ballots in political elections. In fact, the research shows that the growing numbers of independent voters—35 percent at this writing—makes post-partisan thinking and problem solving possible.

The challenges we have today cannot be solved with backward thinking. It requires forward thinkers who have the capacity to envision new paths that have not yet been created. This will require all Americans to participate in the political process.


  • The political ecosystem is composed of the “sharks,” who are all about self-serving in office; the “feeder fish,” who attach themselves to the sharks; and the “outsiders” who aim to serve their constituents.
  • Stereotypes about male and female politicians abound.
  • Research about women as leaders show that women have made significant strides in the past few decades.

“Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.

—Margaret Thatcher

…To continue reading this book, get your copy of “What Sex is a Republican” in paperback or Kindle edition on Amazon.

About the Author:

Terri McCormick is an author, policy expert, educator, and former state representative to the Wisconsin State Legislature. Today, she offers her expertise in public and government relations through McCormick Dawson CPG Ltd., a trusted consultancy of independent contractors.

Ms. McCormick serves as president and CEO of the company, drawing from more than two decades of professional experience, a strong educational foundation, a host of industry-related publications, and a multitude of accolades, awards and formal recognitions. Holding a Master of Arts in administrative leadership from Marian University, and a Bachelor of Science in political science and public administration from the University of Wisconsin, Ms. McCormick received both degrees with high honors.

“What Sex is a Republican?” is sold on Amazon in both the paperback edition as well as Kindle edition.  Read reviews on Amazon here.

Terri McCormick honored for excellence in government relations by Cambridge's Who's Who industry experts