“I am not a farmer. I am trying to farm. I am learning. But if you are a woman and you are learning you are not allowed to make mistakes,” Thandi Modise.
National Council of Provinces chairperson Thandi Modise made this statement soon after it was found that the animals on her Modderfontein farm had turned to cannibalism in order to survive – with pigs feeding on other dead pigs and drinking their own urine.
Modise’s statement may well ring true. In a society conditioned to judge women too harshly, she may truly believe that because she is a woman, she is a bad farmer – or that she is being judged too harshly for erring. It’s sad but it’s true.
In years gone by, incompetent men were hired over competent women based purely on their gender. Women needed to be exemplary, and come with multitudes of mentions and accolades on the off chance that they were awarded leadership positions. Still, the quota didn’t match.
Read it at the M&G.