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As the world is gripped by the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, people are looking to their leaders for answers and support. In these uncertain times, many of the world’s leaders are not successfully managing the public during this life-threatening pandemic and many of these leaders are men. However, there are women leaders who are showing how to get the job done by protecting their citizens’ health, wellness, and the economy.

Germany, Taiwan, and New Zealand are being led by women and have had the best response to the coronavirus outbreak. Tsai Ing-Wen, the first female president of Taiwan, has created a successful defense against the pandemic and managed to contain the virus even though Taiwan has very close proximity to China. Due to her incredible leadership, Taiwan has a very low count of confirmed cases compared to the rest of the world.

New Zealand is also a world leader in containing the virus and keeping the public safe, thanks to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Not only does New Zealand have a lower than average number of confirmed cases, but it also has a very low death count. While this can be largely due to the country’s size, Arden is also a major factor in containing the virus. She has responded to the crisis with clarity and compassion as well as implemented widespread testing. 

One of the countries most impacted by the coronavirus is Germany. However, they have managed to keep their mortality rate exceptionally low. This is all thanks to the country’s early and widespread testing as well as its huge number of intensive care beds. Germany also owes the public’s good health and wellness during the pandemic thanks to their leader Angela Merkel who has a doctorate in quantum chemistry. 

What these women leaders all have in common is their approach to the virus. They put a major focus on the public’s health by making tests readily available and containing the virus as quickly as possible. While this may not have to with them being women, it does play a part. Unlike men leaders, women are put under much more scrutiny. Because of this, they approach times of crisis much more seriously and often work much harder than male leaders. During times like this, that is what the world needs.