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Would a female president change the fundamental nature of our society?

The ANC Women’s League 12th National Conference kicked off in Irene, East of Pretoria, with nearly 3,000 delegates attending the three day meeting.

Issues expected to be discussed include women equality, domestic violence and when the league will put forward a female candidate for president for the country.

Mia Lindeque reports about proceedings:

Stephen also speaks to History lecturer at Rhodes University, Dr Nomalanga Mkhize about how having a female president may (or may not) change things in our society.

Dr Mkhize notes that having a female president would give a different image of what leadership should and can be.

Mkhize says that putting a woman in leadership does not necessarily lend itself to transformation, adding that a woman in power would need to be quite a feminist to change anything. Evident within the corporate environment, she says it can be difficult for woman to act without a traditionally masculine culture or approach to leadership.

It is very important to see woman doing things traditionally reserved for men. Women need to push further than that though and aim to see a much freer discourse around what it means to be a woman, particularly in a ex-liberation movement, and not gather as a group around predominantly masculine structures.

Dr Nomalanga Mkhize, History lecturer at Rhodes University
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