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Women don’t have to desperately belittle men to look superior

Using critical skills is incredibly important these days, before buying into a story. Leftist media is desperately trying to push baseless narratives in their efforts to create imbalance in society. We must defy this collectively.

There is no question that women are breaking the glass ceiling today and such women are an inspiration to many worldwide. Today, women are in leadership, decision-making & top management positions. But let’s analyze an article recently published in Forbes titled ‘What Do Countries With The Best Coronavirus Responses Have In Common? Women Leaders’. It is severely flawed in several areas. Why such desperation to prove women are better than men?

Just because Forbes published an article, it is absolutely foolish to accept its contents without critical thinking. The writer, Avivah Wittenberg-Cox, cleverly neglected relevant data points of comparison, simply to take a position on women’s superiority. There is more to it than meets the eye.

Forbes article by Avivah Wittenberg-Cox

Ms. Wittenberg-Cox, your article is sadly biased, prejudiced and frankly, desperate. Let’s look at a few facts that were deliberately bypassed. I will strictly focus on the references of the article to conclude that this comparison was a blatant lie to push a favorable narrative of women over men. Bluntly put, it is a lame and rash attempt to paint a superior picture of women.


7 countries that were referenced in this article had a population ranging from 364,000 to 83 million.

The smallest country, Iceland, has a smaller population than the US state of Wyoming, with 364k and 567k, respectively. How many corona cases Wyoming had? 275. And how many deaths? 1. Compare these numbers to Iceland – 1,711 cases and 8 deaths in Iceland.

Germany has double the population of California, the most populated state in the U.S. Let’s compare the Corona numbers in California vs. Germany – 24,353 Total cases in California vs. 130, 072 in Germany. In comparison, California recorded 731 deaths vs. 3,194 in Germany.

The writer despises Trump, Modi, Bolsonaro, Netanyahu and Orban, so she conveniently avoided the population of Bharat that is 4 times the U.S. population. She also forgot to mention that the U.S. population is 4 times Germany’s, i.e. Bharat has 16 times the population of Germany. Yet, Bharat recorded just 358 deaths due to Coronavirus at the time of writing this article despite having the second-highest population in the world. How does this number compare with Iceland, New Zealand, Finland or Denmark? The alone shows the writer’s deepest hatred against Modi.

Brazil recorded 1,355 deaths with a population of 209.5m, which is almost 3 times the population of Germany that has over double the deaths. Yet, she didn’t shy away from defaming Bolsonaro.

Coronavirus cases as of 13 April 2020; comparison in response to Forbes article by Avivah Wittenberg-Cox

The political affiliation of the leaders 

What other qualities are common among the appreciated women leaders other than their gender? Their political affiliation. Yes, you heard that right!

Democratic Progressive party of Taiwan, New Zealand Labour Party, Left-Green movement of Iceland, Social Democratic party of Finland, Social democrats of Denmark, Angela Merkel of the Christian Democratic Union – all these parties align with left-wing policies. Erna Solberg of Norway is a left-winger herself. See the pattern? No wonder these leaders are the darlings of communist-media propaganda.

CNN Reference

CNN, the network known as a Trump-hater, Modi-basher, Netanyahu-abuser platform, has become an official communication arm of the Democrat and left-wing communist parties (i.e. labour, socialist, green, left, progressive parties). This channel which works tirelessly to push left-wing agenda 24/7, which described the leftist women leaders as “among the world’s best” was taken as a Bible by the writer. What else did you expect?

That’s exactly how she wanted to prove her point that all these women are better than the men she hates. CNN does not have much of a reputation these days with its severely depleted ranking. But, CNN is relentless.

Displeasure towards men 

Ms. Wittenberg-Cox’s displeasure towards men leaders is astonishingly visible. Israel recorded 116 deaths in a population of 8.9m; however, Denmark recorded 245 deaths with a population of 5.6m. 315 deaths in the Philippines in a population of 106.7m, 144 in Russia in a population of 144.5m, 332 in Mexico in a population of 126.2m. She did not point out that Germany recorded 3,194 deaths in a population of 83m, or that Norway with a 5.3m population recorded 134 deaths.

Yet, she sure is inspired by Merkel or Erna, than by Trump, Modi, Netanyahu. Now, what could be so similar in these leaders? Right – they are all right-wingers or conservative leaders and they are men.

A couple of other details caught my eye. Now that leftists like to bring identity in every conversation – the writer and ‘inspiring’ women leaders all look ‘white’ to me (of course, except Taiwan). And another critical point – China, there was no mention of it. Well, sticking to the true focus of this writeup, those details are kept aside for another discussion.

Today, 90% of US mainstream media is sold out to left-wing and Democratic party’s agenda. Time, Forbes, CNN, BBC,  MSNBC, Washington Post – take any name, you will find one thing in common – bashing, belittling, vilifying right-wing parties, their leaders and their countries. Those kind of people are certainly not the media favorites.

Media is also pushing this ‘women superior to men’ narrative, much like in this article. Men and women have different qualities, characteristics, strengths and weaknesses; and both are required for our society. I understand, at one point of time, women were suppressed, but we are beyond that point now.

Honestly, women don’t have to show men in a poor light for them to look bright. Trump, Modi, Bolsonaro or Netanyahu need not be belittled to make Merkel or Jacinda look good. In their own way, these women leaders are inspiring. This sadistic identity-politics has gone beyond any decent level of mutual respect.

Women are inspiring in their unique ways. Stop comparing them with men. Don’t just buy into a story! Look beyond.

(This article was first published on the author’s blog on 14 April, 2020 and is being reproduced with edits to conform to HinduPost style-guide)

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Purnima Nath
Purnima Nath
A Hindu Indian-American entrepreneur and a community leader. She is an Engineer, strategy and management consultant and she obtained her MBA from Northwestern University. She is the founder of Spindle India, Inc., and creator of IndiaFest Milwaukee in State of Wisconsin. Purnima writes on various topics including management, global topics, social issues, politics, policies, philosophy @PurnimaNath


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