Obama: We need to elect more women
Former President Obama called for more women to be elected to office “because men seem to be having some problems these days,” French news agency AFP reported.
Obama, who made the comment at an invitation-only event in Paris on Saturday, was referring to the numerous allegations of sexual misconduct made against prominent men, including several U.S. lawmakers.
“Not to generalize but women seem to have a better capacity than men do, partly because of their socialization,” Obama added, according to AFP.
The former president also lamented a “temporary absence of U.S. leadership” on climate change during the event.
Obama’s remarks come as lawmakers like Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Rep. Ruben Kihuen (D-Nev.) all face allegations of sexual misconduct. GOP Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore is also facing calls to drop out of the race after several reports of sexual misconduct.
Female lawmakers have pushed for Congress to do more to combat sexual harassment, and Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) announced last month that the House will add mandatory anti-sexual harassment training.