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December 2, 2013

Publisher's Notebook: Want the job done? Hire a woman

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Robert Redford may have been on to something when he said during the recent government shutdown that women and young people are the answer to solving gridlock in Washington.

He said women and young people must save the country from men “behaving stupidly.”

“Give them the reins,” Redford said on CNN. “I think they can do better than we (men) have.”

His assumption came to mind last week while I was sitting in a two-day retreat to plot short and long-term strategy for Leadership Tri-County. I looked around the large conference table at Cumberland College and noticed most the chairs were filled by women. There are several men on the LTC board, but only two of us were present. I was the only male in a group photo taken at the end of the retreat.

Our chairman and vice chairman are both female, which is fine by me because the board is in good hands and things will get done. We came up with some great plans to ensure LTC’s success for the next 25 years, led mostly by professional, accomplished women who know how to work together to do great things.

For the last several years, all the department heads at both my newspapers have been women. That’s just the way it’s worked out, but again, it’s fine by me because all of them do their jobs very well.

Oh, I’ve had many male department heads over the years that have done a great job, and probably will have some in the future. But I have great faith in the women that lead my departments. I just give them the support and tools they need and then get out of their way.

Perhaps we need to give women the reins in Washington, like Redford said, because they can’t do any worse. The approval ratings for Congress are in the low single digits.

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