April 2nd, 2014
06:40 PM ET

Does more women in power = more peaceful societies?

Fareed speaks with Tina Brown, founder of the Women in the World summit and former editor-in-chief of 'Vanity Fair', about whether having more women in powerful positions will lead to more peaceful societies. Watch the video for the full panel.

The one crucial distinguishing feature it seems to me that is at the heart of this is motherhood. To what extent do you think that shapes a woman's perspective as being different from a man?

I think a tremendous amount because I think that women have that extra nurturing gene, where they're trying to create a world in which their children can flourish. And therefore, they have in a sense more invested in creating a peaceful atmosphere.

It's very interesting at the moment, actually, how there are many women in Pakistan and in the Middle East now who are coming together against the whole question of Islamic terrorism. And there are – Sisters against Extremism is one organization, which is having quite an impact in the Middle East at the moment, which is about women who are getting together and really trying to talk to children about not becoming radicalized, and that are bonding together as women, as sisters, as mothers. And there's that impetus.

Also on the south side of Chicago, you're now seeing mothers bonding together and trying to come together to create programs and create initiatives that actually create more peaceful atmospheres amongst this gang warfare etc that's going on.

So I do think that women are more invested in that. And you saw it in Liberia also when the women came together and wanted to end that civil war. So I think these are the things that you're seeing, and I think you're going to see more and more of it as women rise and really are in charge.

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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Joseph McCarthy

    With women like Margaret Thatcher, Madeleine Albright and Hilary Clinton, the answer to the above question is definitely no! These women all have one thing in common, no compassion! Hilary Clinton never mentioned the obscene butchery carried out by our ungodly drones and Madeleine Albright fought at the UN like a tiger to keep the ignominious "sanctions" against Iraq in place, knowing all along that these "sanctions" were causing many untimely deaths, especially among children.

    April 2, 2014 at 7:10 pm |
    • Jeff Roem

      F'kin idiot.

      April 3, 2014 at 12:51 pm |
      • Joseph McCarthy

        Tell me Jeff, are you such a fan of the above mentioned broads that you must resort to that Tea Party lingo to offend me? What good did any of these women ever do anyway?

        April 3, 2014 at 1:22 pm |
      • Wolfie1954

        Once again I must stand on the side OPPOSITE of Joseph McCarthy (except that part about Hillary Clinton-she allowed American to die in Benghazi)... but Jeff, he didn't have to score high on the IQ test to post here, you just have to ignore his insane ideals and otherwise uneducated, ignorant stand on almost ALL issues that he THINKS he knows anything about ... no one, that really has a brain, cares nor likes his comments .

        If you look up in a dictionary, the words: "ass, fool, idiot, numb-nut, weak-kneed, ignorant, stupid, unintelligent, retarded, brainless, spineless, inhumane and/or half-witted ... you'll see a picture of Joseph McCarthy as THE DEFINITION ... THAT will make you understand WHY he has the immaturity and other problems associated with his type of ANIMAL . Poor guy HAD a very bad upbringing ...

        April 9, 2014 at 2:02 am |
      • Wolfie1954

        ABSOLUTELY ... Yes, if there was a Law (which China, Russia and N.Korea would also ignore) declaring that you had to be a female in order to be qualified to run a Nation, there would most assuredly be less corruption, violence, mayhem and wars in today's 21st Century.

        April 9, 2014 at 2:06 am |
  2. Ferhat Balkan

    I don't know if there will be a better world with women in power. What I do know however is the fact that there's still gender inequality throughout the world (including some of the most developed countries). Women still earn less then men (77 cents per every $1) working in similar jobs and and in many cases, women have to work twice is hard to rise up in ranks than men do. I believe that is completely unfair and needs to be addressed. Women deserve equal rights and opportunities in all situations.

    April 2, 2014 at 7:25 pm |
    • Jimbobelroy

      Find me all these women willing to work for 77 cents on the dollar and I'll hire them. That statistic is complete BS and not based on facts but carefully manipulated statistics to justify anti male talking points.

      July 1, 2014 at 3:16 am |
  3. The GOP Solution

    The GOP Solution: Turn all the Old, Sick, Poor, Non-white, Non-christian, Female, and Gay people into slaves. Then whip them until they are Young, Healthy, Rich, White, Christian, Male, and Straight. Or until they are dead. Then turn them into Soylent Green to feed the military during the next "unfunded/off-the-books" war. And don't forget the GOP all time favorites........TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH!!!..........and........GET RID OF SS AND MEDICARE!!!

    April 2, 2014 at 10:18 pm |
  4. bambi

    Women are less likely to begin a conflict. We prefer to talk it out. And WE DO HAVE COMPASSION.

    April 3, 2014 at 1:21 am |
    • Joseph McCarthy

      Hilary Clinton, Madeleine Albright and Angie Merkel with compassion? Of course not! This post above is truly ignorant.

      April 3, 2014 at 11:35 am |
      • Jeff Roem

        F'kin moron

        April 3, 2014 at 12:52 pm |
  5. No, not necessarily

    PEACE will be created with the right Alliances and Partnerships.

    April 3, 2014 at 3:49 am |
  6. rupert

    I must concur, the right alliances and partnerships so long as they are good, not bad.

    April 3, 2014 at 8:15 am |
  7. stuart

    Good post Rupert. I am sure that dazzle, chrissy, and banasy would agree.

    April 3, 2014 at 8:17 am |
  8. piankie

    Power to the women! In my country, Egypt, we love our women.

    April 3, 2014 at 8:20 am |
  9. little mister

    Take a deep breath, relax and hit her.

    April 3, 2014 at 8:24 am |
  10. Zandie

    Not funny LM, at all.

    April 3, 2014 at 8:25 am |
  11. palintwit

    Sarah Palin's ability to communicate with dung beetles has made her the darling of not only the tea party, but dung lovers everywhere.

    April 3, 2014 at 11:25 am |
    • These are Palin Voters From Alabama


      April 3, 2014 at 6:56 pm |
      • palintwit


        April 4, 2014 at 9:25 am |
  12. Chauvinist

    Does more women in power = more peaceful societies ?

    Depends on the time of the month.

    April 3, 2014 at 1:52 pm |
  13. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©

    Margaret Thatcher was a particularly powerful leader. She served as an inspiration to the entire world.
    Hillary Clinton will be a great president. She will take the appropriate action in any situation of conflicting interests of nations.

    April 3, 2014 at 3:10 pm |
    • Joseph McCarthy

      Please Joey, do get serious here. What's possessing you defend these broads, especially Hilary Clinton and her over bloated arrogance and self righteousness? And I assume that you remember how Madeleine Albright defended those ignominious "sanctions" against Iraq, knowing full well of the needless loss of life they were causing.

      April 3, 2014 at 3:52 pm |
      • Joey Isotta-Fraschini©

        @ Joseph:: Thank you for reminding me that I should have expressed my tremendous admiration for Madelaine Albright as well.
        That was very thoughtful of you.

        April 3, 2014 at 4:46 pm |
  14. The Profile Of The Typical Republican Voter

    1. Thinks they themselves are rich.
    2. Makes less than $100,000/yr.
    3. Has a net worth less than $200,000.
    4. Primary residence is on wheels or blocks.
    5. Still has a mortgage on that residence.
    6. Thinks republicans are conservatives.
    7. Benefits directly from the ACA but really, really hates Obamacare.
    8. Thinks they are religious but they should read the book, "How NOT To Be A Republican" (a.k.a. The Bible).
    9. Probably retired and depending on SS and Medicare or will be the person most likely to need SS and Medicare.
    10. Racist.
    11. Likes to vote against their own interests.
    12. Actually thinks republicans represent THEM!!

    April 3, 2014 at 6:54 pm |
    • palintwit

      They also drink out of mason jars.

      April 4, 2014 at 9:16 am |
      • I thought

        I thought it was the toilet.

        April 5, 2014 at 8:23 pm |
  15. chrissy

    @ Joseph, do tell....WHO do you think the perfect candidate would be? Name please.

    April 6, 2014 at 6:53 pm |
    • Joseph McCarthy

      One would be Segolene Royal of France and another would be Michelle, the current President of Chile. As long as it's not that self righteous Hilary Clinton who kept on screaming to everybody around the world, "it's my way or the highway"!

      April 6, 2014 at 8:15 pm |
  16. chrissy

    Lmao @ Joseph! Isnt that just swell! NEITHER of which could be POTUS! Ya got any better ideas lol?

    April 6, 2014 at 10:26 pm |
  17. chrissy

    Oh and FYI, we women dont like to be called "broads" either. Be like calling all men " d i c k s" ya know. And since you dont like Hilary Clinton what do you think about Michelle Obama? Lmao

    April 6, 2014 at 10:37 pm |
  18. Wolfie1954

    Obama is racist and Clinton does NOT protect Americans. NEITHER woman would be worth a damn as President (better as communist leaders). I am CERTAIN there MUST be better choices from the female gender that are FAR more capable AND QUALIFIED ! I'd vote for Albright or Thacher before either of them two above.

    Please keep Benghazi in mind before voting in the next election .........

    ABSOLUTELY ... Yes, if there was a Law (which China, Russia and N.Korea would also ignore) declaring that you had to be a female in order to be qualified to run a Nation, there would most assuredly be less corruption, violence, mayhem and wars in today's 21st Century.

    April 9, 2014 at 2:16 am |
  19. David

    Queen Elizabeth I engaged in plenty of wars, even knighted Sir Francis Drake for raiding Spanish ships to steal their (also stolen) gold. Indira Ghandi and her fights with Sikhs, Bloody (Queen) Mary, I don't know what makes these people think that women are celestial beings of nurture and love, and not regular human beings with the same tribal warring behavior as men have. Humans are tribal creatures, and we fight each other for that reason.

    April 13, 2014 at 8:57 am |
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