The Dalai Lama Wants A Female Successor And More Women Leaders

“If the circumstances are such that a female Dalai Lama is more useful, then automatically a female Dalai Lama will come,” the Dalai Lama said. That’s an amazing thing to say, since it’s pretty unheard of that a woman ever reach the highest position of Tibetan Buddhism.

The Dalai Lama also calls for more women leaders saying that we are in a moral crisis on inequality and compassion. “In that respect, biologically, females have more potential. Females have more sensitivity about others’ wellbeing. In my own case, my father [was] very short tempered. But my mother was so wonderfully compassionate,” he told the Australian Associated Press.

As Salon writer Katie McDonough points out, while the sentiment is nice and thoughtful, it’s slightly problematic to say that one gender has these traits and the other those traits. Although, it’s a compliment, attributing personality characteristics as gendered biological traits has been used to justify the behavior of violent men (boys will be boys!) and to presume women are less intelligent than men.

Nevertheless, it’s great that a leader of such prestige and influence can plainly see that women are given the short end of the stick when it comes to advantages.

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