Women should be responsible for the world’s money, historian Lucy Worsley said, arguing it would mean less spending on war and more on education.
Dr Worsley, broadcaster and joint chief curator of the historic Royal Palaces, said the move would result in “very different spending priorities”, resulting in a major shift for women.
In an interview on 100 Years of Women’s History, Dr Worsley said she had benefited from the “long-term view” of current events to give some sense of perspective, with the study of the past providing ” ‘hope for the future because you realize that things don’t have to be what they are.
She will soon present a new documentary series for the BBC to tell the stories of four people from different eras in history, including a woman who lost her family in the Black Death, and another accused of witchcraft in the 1590s.
She was interviewed for Good Housekeeping, in the centennial issue of the magazine.
When asked what she would have found most difficult if she had lived 100 years ago, she replied, “People fear that I am working.
“I mean, it sounds so restrictive – quitting your job when you got married, which women used to have to do. It seems unthinkable.
“That’s what would bother me personally, but what about not having a vote, and not having birth control?” Things have really changed in 100 years.
“We feel like we know the 1920s because we see them in the movies, but people had a very different mindset back then.”
On what she believes is the biggest change in women’s lives over the past century, she added: “The chance to make a wider range of choices in life – if not wide enough yet . “
Asked about the biggest change for women over the next few decades, Dr Worsley said: “I would actually put women in charge of the world’s money: I think we would see very different spending priorities, like less war, more education. “
Women and the Glass Ceiling
According to a Treasury report released in July, women now make up 22 percent of executive committees and 32 percent of boards in the UK financial sector.
Of the 650 Members of Parliament in the House of Commons following the 2019 election, 220 were women, the highest proportion of women parliamentarians on record.
Globally, some women have reached the top of the financial sector, with Christine Lagarde becoming the first female executive to head the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Dr Worsley’s new BBC Two program will cover four historic events, seeing them “through the eyes of someone who was at their heart”.
“It’s not a happy show and there is no disguise,” she said. “It’s a new challenge for me; I’ve never done anything like this before.
When asked why she made a career in history, she told the magazine, “It’s just fun and fascinating and you can be curious about people’s lives.
“I like how the long-term view gives you a sense of the prospect – that some things are going to get better, and it also encourages you to look for things that might go backwards.
“I think history gives us hope for the future because you realize things don’t have to be the way they are.”
Dr Worsley echoes the views of US President Barack Obama, who said in 2019: “I have absolutely no doubts that for two years if every nation on Earth was ruled by women you would see significant improvement in all. the areas just about everything – standards of living and results.
In 2017, researchers at two American universities studied European rulers between 1480 and 1913 and found that out of 193 reigns, queens were 27% more likely to go to war than kings.