How One Of The Hottest Topics In Science Is Changing Politics
Then came America’s equivalent of Megan Markel, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 28, The media can’t take their eyes off of @Ocasio2018, yet when she’s had enough, she pushes back.
Now Nancy Pelosi, 78, has the votes to become the Speaker of the House when Congress convenes on January 3rd, Pelosi will be third in line to become President of the United States, At the same time, her brother-in-law, Gavin Newsmen, will become California’s new Governor.
Leticia James, newly elected New York Attorney General, and currently New York City Public Advocate may become the most well-known woman in the U.S. by the end of 2019. In a recent interview, Ms James told the news media that her target for the first 100-days is all things Trump.
This rapid surge of powerful women into the political arena, while new to America — and perhaps the world — has a simple scientific explanation:
The revolutionary power of mirror neurons.
Mirror neurons, related to brain function have recently become one the hottest topic in science. It’s what happens when the mirror neuron of one person “mirrors” the behavior of the other as though the observer were itself acting. In other words, when one woman sees another women stepping into a position of power, it causes her own mirror neurons to fire. It’s learning by imitation:
“If she can do it, so can I.”
Over the past 100 years since women won the right to vote, there simply haven’t been enough women thrust into the media spotlight often enough, to create the critical mass needed to activate the mirror neurons of women.
The more than 100 women who will show up in the US Congress in 2019 include some of the women who cried, resisted, and then marched on Washington D.C. in January 2017 to protest the election of Donald Trump.
Like Rosie the Riveter, who became the symbol of women of the 1940’s who joined the war effort by picking up the tools and jobs of men who had gone off to war, these modern women symbolize something new in American life.
America has never seen so many smart, savvy professional women standing up and speaking up in such a public way before. Their very presence — like that of the fearless girl of Wall Street herself — exudes a confidence-level that inspires others to take bold actions themselves.
FDR was right. “The only thing to fear, is fear itself!” Roosevelt told a fearful nation at a low point during WWII.
Last Spring, a retired scientist and aquanaut who was thinking about running for public office, asked asked panelists at a World Affairs Conference in Boulder, Colorado this question:
“Is it possible for a woman with grey hair to run a successful campaign for public office?
The advice from experts on the panel was “No. If you decide to run, you will need to dye your hair any color but white to make yourself look younger to the voters.”
Leslie Smith ran a successful campaign as a grey-haired senior, and was elected a Regent of the University of Colorado.
Recently my own daughter turned to me and said “Mom, I think YOU should run for President.” Now that’s the kind of remark that would warm the heart of any parent. Plus, it’s a guaranteed vote of ONE.
In this case, its the thought that counts, and makes me smile to think that she could even imagine it.