“It does make you wonder what the pandemic infection and death rate would look like with more women leaders,” said Abigail Post, an assistant professor of national security and political science at Anderson University in Indiana.

Female leaders all over the world have handled the pandemic in unique ways displaying strength and resolve.

Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern

She shut down tourism in a timely fashion and introduced strict lockdown measures in New Zealand in March. “There are promising signs our go hard and go early elimination strategy is working and the lockdown is breaking the chain of community transmission,” Ardern said in a release.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Merkel has been praised for acting quickly when the pandemic broke out. She was able to keep the number of cases and deaths low. She also introduced strict lockdown measures very early on. As a result, the number of cases has reduced considerably in the past few weeks.

Prime Minister of Iceland Katrin Jakobsdottir

The Prime Minister has banned all public gatherings of more than 20 people and a full-fledged lockdown has been imposed. The number of cases are under 2000 and the situation in Iceland seems to be under control.

President of Taiwan Tsai Ing-wen

Taiwanese officials began to assess travelers on direct flights from Wuhan for fever and pneumonia symptoms in late December and they were told to self-isolate for 14 days. Over the course of five weeks in January and February, Taiwan produced and implemented a list of over 124 action items to contain the virus.

If the world had more female leaders, how would the pandemic look today?

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