To be a woman in politics is first and foremost to understand the full history of patriarchy. That is, to understand the fight that came before you.
Frene Ginwala was South Africa’s first speaker of the National Assembly under democratic rule and her career in politics is marked by attempts to secure greater equality for women.
She does not believe that any conversation about women in politics is possible without a thorough contextualisation. Ginwala believes the gains that have been made have only been achieved because of a tremendous push by women to have their voices heard in the early years of democracy.
And she believes that her appointment as speaker set the tone for more appointments like hers.
Read it at the M&G.