George Graham

When Women Roar

Was Rudyard Kipling right when he declared that “the female of the species is more deadly than the male”?

As a famous female used to say, “You betcha!”

Kipling cites examples among wild animals and he could have found even more in the insect population – black widow spiders, praying mantises and the like.

He also finds deadly examples among North America’s indigenous people.

He doesn’t mention female politicians. But I bet if he were writing that poem in America today, he would have.

Women are flexing their muscles in US politics. At least 500 women are running for major office in November’s elections. And female candidates scored numerous victories in Tuesday’s primaries.

Even more ominous for the status quo, women voters seem energized as never before. They’re turning out in droves.

The pundits are identifying Trump’s misogyny as the spark that ignited this uprising. But I suspect there’s more to it than that.

Women have put up with too much for too long..

This new insurgency has been building for years, and it has built up a head of steam unlike any movement in America since Women’s Sufffrage.

America’s swaggering  males, who have dominated the political scene for generations, should be quaking in their shoes. Their day in the sun is drawing to an end.

And I think it’s about time. Don’t you?

Women running for office

Women in the primaries

Kipling’s poem

About the author


I am a Jamaican-born writer who has lived and worked in Canada and the United States. I live in Lakeland, Florida with my wife, Sandra, our three cats and two dogs. I like to play golf and enjoy our garden, even though it's a lot of work. Since retiring from newspaper reporting I've written a few books. I also write a monthly column for