Barack Obama says women should run every country

Former US president Barack Obama said there would be a "significant improvement" if women ran every country.
Former US president Barack Obama said there would be a "significant improvement" if women ran every country. Photo credit: Getty Images

Former United States president Barack Obama claims if women ran every country, there would be a "significant improvement" in living standards and outcomes.

His comments came during a private event on leadership in Singapore on Monday, where he spoke about what a world run by women would look like.

"Now women, I just want you to know; you are not perfect, but what I can say pretty indisputably is that you're better than us," he said, according to the BBC.

"I'm absolutely confident that for two years if every nation on earth was run by women, you would see a significant improvement across the board on just about everything."

He also said many world problems came from older people, often men, holding onto positions of power and "not getting out of the way".

Obama believes in leaders stepping aside when their time comes.

"It is important for political leaders to try and remind themselves that you are there to do a job, but you are not there for life, you are not there in order to prop up your own sense of self importance or your own power."

At the event, Obama also discussed problem solving in his White House and joked about the chain of command under him if issues couldn't be solved.

"We had the expression - and I believe you would have an equivalent here - that poop does not roll downhill in the White House, it rolls uphill... to me," he said, according to Singapore's Straits Times.

He added he always found himself juggling the probability of outcomes.

"They were always 55-45, 70-30 solutions, there was always the probability of failure.

"But what we were able to do was to set up a process that I trusted, where I had confidence that we looked at every problem from every angle, using logic and reasoning, and facts and data," he said.

Obama served as president from 2009 to 2017.

Since leaving the White House, he established the Obama Foundation with former first lady Michelle Obama, which aims to address opportunity gaps that boys and young men of colour face.