Reviewed by: S. Marie Vernon, Pacific Book Review
In 2020, I Want a Woman President by author, Lolu Adebayo, is a little book with a big message. It’s a book about women in leadership; it’s about women in politics; and ultimately it’s about our nation electing a woman President - It’s about a nation evolving and accepting that many women are capable and qualified to become Commander in Chief of our great nation. This small volume is designed to start a movement that promotes this idea across America.
The seriousness of this message is encased in a delightful rendition of the author’s life as he arrives in America, educates himself, and takes notice around him how women are not viewed as equal to men. This happens in school, in college, on the job, and ultimately in politics. He notices how women are still thought of as a “minority” when a closer look reveals they actually represent a strong “majority.” The author speculates what women might accomplish if our country perceived them as the majority they are and if they ruled as that majority, especially in politics.
We have to ask a few questions. Is it possible for us to live in a world where double standards for women are dissolved, where invisible walls are torn down, and women are considered great leaders? Can we achieve less male dominance without threat to men’s masculinity? If we could, would a true democracy evolve and thrive? It begins to feel possible as these chapters unfold and shows throughout history women have successfully ruled nations. Mostly, this responsibility has passed to women through their family legacies, but now, in the United States, we are talking about promoting women to our highest command through the voting process.
It is noted in the book many people feel women are not suited for the White House, at least not in our lifetime. The author challenges this and asks us to re-examine this belief in light of evidence to the contrary. He also challenges women to examine why they are uncomfortable in male dominated situations and why they are so quick to step aside and allow men to rule, to even encourage it.
I personally found it very difficult to disagree with many of the viewpoints of African author, Lolu Adebayo. He makes great points that support women in the presidency: there are, already, very strong women leaders in our military; women prove themselves to be great leaders in business, and women have the compassion to rule more from the heart and less from pure aggression. Also today’s woman is exceptionally skilled, educated, and capable of major responsibilities. I for one agree with the author, it is a perfect time to grant women the equality they deserve in the political arena. To do this, men must learn to be masculine enough to allow women the right to serve the world in a larger way. And, women must step up to the challenges they are called to face. If you agree, just want to be more informed, or you are not sure yet, grab a copy of this great book today and help, author Lolu Adebayo, create awareness and forward a political movement that could take our country forward to achieve this vision of, in 2020, I Want To See a Woman President-2ndEdition. This is a must read for those who believe in women as leaders and those who love politics.