Male politicians, listen up: Barack Obama is pretty fed up with all your foolishness.
Speaking at a town hall in Johannesburg, South Africa, the former president didn’t mince words explaining just how badly men are failing our world as political leaders.
A woman at the town hall had asked for advice on becoming politically active in her native Kenya — a country grappling with widespread corruption. First of all, he answered, making sure more people like her have a seat at the table is an important step.
“Women in particular, by the way, I want you to get more involved,” Obama said, as HuffPost reported. “Because men have been getting on my nerves lately.”
“Every day I read the newspaper and I just think like, ‘Brothers, what’s wrong with you guys? What’s wrong with us?’” Obama continued. “I mean, we’re violent. We’re bullying — you know, just not handling our business.”
Obama may have been speaking to a global audience, but his words hit especially close to home in the U.S.
Obama’s encouragement is nice. But American women may not need as much reminding as he thinks.
They’re already running for office in big numbers — and winning.
Donald Trump’s misogynistic political agenda (and personal history), the expanding #MeToo movement, a deep-rooted frustration among many women that feel as though issues important to them are being ignored — all of these play a role in a surge of female candidates running for office the past two years, analysts suggest.
“The Year of the Woman,” as it’s been dubbed, has seen over 2,000 women run for congressional and state-level seats, Vice reported — a truly historic figure. If that number translates into significant gender shifts in Washington and state capitals come November, it could mean big changes to what issues get prioritized: from abortion rights and education policy to expanding health care and rethinking tax reform.
It’s a welcome shift, if you ask Obama: “I think empowering more women on the continent ― that, right away, is going to lead to some better policies.”
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