No Room For Women Leaders…If You’re Single
Can single women lead as effectively as married women?
On the heels of Kenya’s Kiambu County Governor William Kabogo’s discriminatory statement regarding unmarried women of a certain age, it makes you wonder how many more naysayers believe that women without husbands are unequipped to run businesses, govern counties, or lead a country effectively for that matter. If you haven’t heard the controversial statement spewed towards unmarried single mother and parliament member Alice Ng’ang’a who reportedly opposed Kabogo’s new levies, then brace yourself:
“If you are 35 and don’t have a husband, there is something wrong…We will start demanding that you are married before you are elected. You, young ladies, look for husbands and get married. You are the ones causing problems. Someone who is able to manage a home is equally able to run the affairs of the people. But if you cannot manage a home … can you manage public affairs?”
Did he just set us back 50 years? I’m pretty sure women all across the globe are shaking their heads in disappointment, especially when there have been great strides made towards women in what can still be deemed as a male dominating world, with female CEOs comprising about 3 percent. Kabogo’s argument is that a single woman cannot manage a home therefore questioning her ability to manage public affairs. But, who’s to say that a single woman doesn’t know how to run a home…could it be that she just chooses not to? Rukia Subow, chairperson at Maendeleo Ya Wanawake Org., a women’s lobby group, summed it up best when she said, “leadership is about brains not skirts.” After much criticism, the governor has since apologized.
Inquiring minds would like to know what all the unmarried women think about Kabogo’s remarks. Sound off.