Here are the spouses of the G20 leaders. Well, the wives of the male leaders, that is. There are actually two women leaders in the G20 — Angela Merkel of Germany and Cristina Kirchner of Argentina.
So, why aren’t the husbands in this photo? I’m guessing because it wouldn’t make for a pretty photo op — two guys alone or two thorns among the roses?
My problem with this photo is that it still plays into the whole women are just companions stereotype. Enough with the coverage of what the lovely ladies are wearing. How about a little coverage of the kind of leaders Merkel and Kirchner are? And some stories on the other wives’ accomplishments — I’m betting that Michelle Obama isn’t the only professional woman on that stage. Where’s the coverage of their achievements?
I know that takes a little more work for those covering the G20 than talking about their wardrobes, but it just might be worth it. Wouldn’t it be great for our daughters (and our sons) if main stream media coverage of these high profile women — both spouses and leaders — involved a smidge more than their meeting with J.K. Rowling and Naomi Campbell?
Yeah, I know, I’m all crazy like that.