My friend Lisanne Schloss sent me this great article about the oil spill in the Gulf and society’s reliance on women to essentially clean up men’s messes. This could be one of the worst disasters in U.S. history, and the leadership in charge of cleaning up BP’s mess is largely female. Meanwhile, mega-fuel company BP, responsible for the underwater oil leak, has a team of all-male top executive officers. President Obama announced that he will use every resource available to control the oil spill, and he has dispatched women leaders including U.S. Homeland Security’s Janet Napolitano and nearly 6,000 National Guard troops have been deployed to reign in the damage. It will take skilled leadership to control the devastation, and the many women in charge seem up to the challenge. When will decision makers stop bringing in women at the 11th hour and when things go wrong, to help clean up? Just like it is at home, cleaning up is a thankless task that rarely gets any credit. If women were in more senior positions within many of these organisations, perhaps we would not be faced with such reckless risk-taking and groupthink. Women have a lot more utility than in just cleaning up other people’s messes. The sooner governments and companies recognise this, the better off we will all be.