Disheartened Female Farmer from Cradock in the Eastern Cape writes…
As a female farmer, my life can be tough. I run a piggery on my own in Cradock. It’s not easy and my male counterparts don’t think I’m serious about growing my business and I honestly feel like giving up.
When I started farming, I thought I would be welcomed with open arms, but it turns out I was wrong. I work with two other guys and often find myself overlooked by the men we do business with.
In meetings it feels like I do not exist, and I am often drowned out by their loud voices. How can I make it clear that I am here to stay, and I am ready to do the same work that my partners can do?
My Dearest Disheartened Female Farmer …
Firstly, WOMANDLA to you for doing great work in the agri industry. It is amazing that women are unapologetically taking up space in male-dominated industries.
You’re a boss, so keep doing your damn thing. Don’t let nobody tell you different or stand in the way of the vision you have for your business.
The stigma that women cannot do the same work that men can is outdated. Women possess an almost secret advantage over men – the ability to naturally nurture. It cannot be bought or faked. Be tough in the streets and the boardroom and fight with all your strength to grow your business.
Command respect and it will come. Be like a serpent in the night and just strike them with your knowledge, can-do attitude and willingness to learn.