He’s said it before, and he’s saying it again. The current, fourteenth Dalai Lama told crowds in Australia this week, “If the circumstances are such that a female Dalai Lama is more useful, then automatically a female Dalai Lama will come.” He went on to say that our world is in need of more female leaders: “biologically, females have more potential,” the Dalai Lama said. “Females have more sensitivity about others’ well-being.”
“This,” writes Shoba Narayan in a new post for The Atlantic, “is where I lost him.” So she investigates this statement and weighs it against scientific studies. Yes, it’s only fair, in terms of balance, to have more female leaders. But, Narayan asks, are women really more compassionate than men? Check out her post, here.