Michael Moore says women in US politics have 'fake power'

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Michael Moore’s new documentary, “Where To Invade Next,” follows the Oscar-winning filmmaker as he travels the world looking at ways other countries do things better than in the United States.

He discovered women in some other countries have more power in government and corporations than they do here.

“You notice in these countries women have real power, not the fake power that women have here,” Michael Moore said in a press conference following a showing of the film on Friday at the New York Film Festival. “Twenty per cent of our congress are women. The sad thing is historians 100 years from now will see on film and video tape ourselves happy with the 20 women elected to the US senate, seeing they’re the majority gender [in the country] and the minority gender has 80 seats.”

In the film Moore goes to places like Norway and Iceland, where women are prominent figures. In fact, Iceland has the distinction of electing the first-ever female president, Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, in 1980.

That’s not all Moore found while he was there.

“[In] Iceland forty per cent of corporate boards have to be women, that’s the same in Norway, Norway actually started it,” he told the room full of press. “In Germany thirty per cent of the board have to be women.”

Moore, who said this is a film about America though he didn’t shoot a single frame in the country, hopes that the progressive things that other countries have done over the decades (not only women with more power, but better schools, and better prison systems) will build a movement to the States.

“Whether it’s ‘Bowling for Columbine‘ or this movie, it doesn’t take a lot, just a few people have got to do something,” Moore said to the audience. “Change never occurs with a mass of students, it’s a few people.”

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