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Look to Native American history for examples of female leaders

 Democratic women in the newly seated Congress pose for a picture on the steps of the Capitol last week.

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Democratic women in the newly seated Congress pose for a picture on the steps of the Capitol last week.

RE “FOR the sake of democracy, elect women” (Op-ed, Jan. 2):

Evidence supporting Swanee Hunt’s point of view regarding the benefits of more women serving in government can be found in an important piece of our own history — Native American society. As Howard Zinn points out in “A People’s History of the United States,” many Native American governance structures were set up with women exclusively at the very top of the hierarchy. They served more or less as a board of directors, selecting (and removing) men for specific roles.

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Maybe its women’s unique connection to children and thus future generations, maybe it’s a variety of factors, but I believe women are better at taking the long view, which means making tough choices now for long-term sustainability and prosperity. If there’s one thing our government suffers from, it’s chronic short-term perspective. More women in our government would help balance this out.

Tim Lipsky

Natick

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