MICHELLE KAUFMAN ART

Ode to Michael Mann, 2012
single channel video
TRT 3:17
color

In his book, The Sources of Social Power, Michael Mann describes power over the last 5000+ years as being composed of 4 enmeshed networks: political, military, ideological, and economic.

How much power in these networks has been generated by women?

I would guess (and other thoughts are welcome) that it breaks down something like this:

Political

2%

Military

2%

Ideological

10%

Economic

50%

Total

16%

 

History has produced no female Marx, Jesus or Adam Smith - thus, the 10% ideological contribution. I am (generously) proffering that women contribute half of the economy, even if the money has not parsed out that way over the last 5000 years.

One benefit women have received from their low rate of participation in global power (as Mann defines it) is that they have not generally been fighting at the frontline of battle.

This is my visualization of the female contribution to global power over time.