Women in power “isn’t just the nice thing to do, it’s the smartest thing to do” says Canadian President Justin Trudeau

Women in power “isn’t just the nice thing to do, it’s the smartest thing to do” the Canadian President Justin Trudeau said this week at the Women in the World Summit in New York.

Reported by the New York Times the Canadian Prime Minister stressed the importance of ensuring that women are included in positions of power: “It isn’t just the nice thing to do, it’s the smartest thing to do.”

Trudeau, has selected a cabinet made up of 50 per cent females. Speaking to the host of Women in the World, Tina Brown, he noted that statics currently show that companies with a balanced board are more successful, and achieve higher revenues.

“We can’t just talk about how women need to be empowered without talking to the people who unfairly still have more power—the men. The men have to be part of the solution.”

He explained that in Canada, having a balanced cabinet has led to “a level of depth of conversation and approach to solving problems that leads you to a much better place.”

According to Trudeau more women need to be encouraged to run for office: “You ask a man, do you want to run for office, his first question is, ‘When do I start?’ You ask a woman, she says, ‘Really? Why me? Do you think I’m good enough?’”

“If you empower women to make choices around how to live their life, you’re empowering hem. It’s fundamentally a question of rights. If you’re not promoting choice for women, you’re limiting [their] rights.”

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