“You are beautiful, but learn to work, for you cannot eat your beauty” – Congolese Proverb
The quote above is one of my favourite African proverbs, it always shocks me out of my ‘pretty girl’ syndrome. The world has evolved, and in turn women are more ambitious, driven and focus a bit more attention on self-serving than ever before.
With that said, in 2013 only 28% of women in South Africa were in management positions, and my general consensus is that we are simply not opening up a variety of career options to young women. The option of TVet colleges (formly known as FET colleges) has not been fully embraced, and maybe this is because we don’t hear of a lot of success stories about women who went to TVet colleges.
There is such a variety of options for young girls to choose from, we are no longer tied to traditional careers that are just for “women”. I challenge you to be a source of information for girls in your community, especially those in matric in need of all the information you can give, about Design, engineering, teaching, medicine, plumbing the list is endless.
If we do what we love, and love what we do. It will be so much easier to motivate other girls into pursing their dreams, no matter how difficult it may seem.
Love, grace and peace be upon you.