I was watching Monty Python on Saturday and as always I am just captured by their brilliance. But a thought occurred to me and it showed me how much I have changed from the 16 year old Monty Python addict I used to be. I watched these 6 comedy geniuses and wondered do I only know them because at the time they made the show, it wasn’t possible for 6 female comedy geniuses to share the airwaves.
When I look at the figures in history who have amazed and inspired me. All of them are men. Then I thought about all the many scientists who have changed the world, the famous artists and musicians who we still herald as the greats of all time, the great and wise leaders, philosophers…99.99% of them are men.
I guess I don’t doubt that many of these historical greats would still rise to the top, but what would history look like if, through millennia women were allowed to compete too? How much more textured would our world be when the other half of the population were actually allowed to participate? So many opportunities for competition and collaboration lost. Right now our world is shaped by men, and I think that a history in which women had an equal say in it’s direction would have been a better one. I hope humanity does make it another 10,000 years at least so at some point someone can look back as I am doing now and see a much more pluralistic history. One that has been truly shaped by all that humanity has to offer.