SPOTLIGHT: WHO RUNS THE WORLD? WOMEN
Theresa May is set to take over as Britain's new Prime Minister to succeed the outgoing David Cameron, bumped from office by the victory of the Brexit referendum. May will become the second woman to lead the UK, following the "Iron Lady" Margaret Thatcher, who controlled British politics during the 1980s when a crisis-riven high-stakes political world was utterly dominated by men.
Now May — at least in the West — is hardly alone. Just across the aisle in Westminster, Angela Eagle declared her candidacy this week in an attempt to be the first female leader of Britain's Labour party, hoping to unseat Jeremy Corbyn, also under fire post-Brexit. Two women facing each other across the dispatch box in parliament would be a first in the United Kingdom's male-dominated political system, even while Nicola Sturgeon already reigns supreme up north in Scotland.
In a time of difficult challenges surrounding Brexit, lackluster global growth, and existential issues like climate change and terrorism, female leadership could provide a much-needed shakeup of politics around the world.
In Europe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is easily the continent's most prominent political leader. Her popularity and effectiveness in power have earned her the Thatcher-like nickname "the Iron Chancellor." Meanwhile in the U.S., polls say Hillary Clinton is on the road to becoming the first woman president. Come 2017, three of the world's most powerful countries could be led by women. That fact alone wouldn't solve anything, but it would be quite a fact in what is otherwise still very much a man's world.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR TODAY
- President Obama and former President George W. Bush will speak at a memorial service in Dallas for the five police officers killed last week.
- British Labour Party to decide if leader Jeremy Corbyn can stand in leadership challenge.
- Bernie Sanders is set to endorse Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign in a joint appearance in New Hampshire.