If you were president, what would you do?" That was the question posed to top businesswomen in a recent study by The Executive Committee, a San Diego-based organization of entrepreneurs and CEOs. Among the responses:
"Balance the budget immediately. No one would go on vacation until it was done."
"Privatize many government services and stress alternative education."
"Have the courage to say `I don't know.' "
The study found the female political figures respondents most admired were: 1) Elizabeth Dole, 2) Rep. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), 3) (tie) Hillary Clinton and Gov. Christine Todd Whitman (R-NJ), and 4) Margaret Thatcher. Almost half the women believed there would be a woman president in 12 years; the rest said a woman wouldn't hold the office until after 2008. Only two respondents answered "Not in my lifetime."
Even if a woman doesn't take the Oval Office soon, respondents aren't complaining. About 68 percent rated the U.S. economy either excellent or good, and 53 percent said it's doing better today than when President Clinton was first elected.