Courageous women break boundaries

Johannesburg - Women have the ability to lead in any circumstances, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said on Tuesday.

"Courageous women have broken boundaries," she said at the 35th anniversary of the Businesswomen's Association of SA in Sandton, Johannesburg.

Women such as Charlotte Maxeke had overcome obstacles. "Courage and leadership motivated them."

"She wrote to the president seeking a meeting with him in a bid to ask him not to extend the pass laws to women. When that failed she led the iconic 1956 march," Madonsela said.

Educated mothers raised educated children.

"If you educate a woman, you educate the community. If you invest in a woman, you invest in the community," Madonsela said.

She said the idea that women could not work together and pulled each other down was false.

"Without cellphones, social media, let alone a fax, women in 1956 worked together to organise the march."

She said women were good at lifting up people and should use the same spirit to nurture themselves spiritually, emotional and professionally.

"I once dropped out of university and it took my mother to persuade me to go back."

She commended the president of Businesswomen's Association of SA, Lebogang Pheko, for bringing women of different races together.

According to its website, the association was formed in 2000 after a merger of three women's organisations - Executive Women's Club, the National Association of Women Business Owners, and the Professional Women's Leadership Development Organisation.

The association aims to be a united, non-racial business organisation that helps businesswomen to create connections on multiple dimensions -personal, professional and business - throughout their career.

It also creates opportunities for women business owners to grow their businesses.

Trevor Kent 2014-08-27 07:32:21 AM
Go girl go
Shawn Berry 2014-08-27 07:47:05 AM
'Without cellphones, social media, let alone a fax, women organized the march in 1956'. I know your heart is in the right place, but this is hands down the dumbest thing to have come out of anyone's mouth in a long time!!
Deon Du Plessis 2014-08-27 08:05:41 AM
I really like her, just a pitty she plays for the wrong team. Thuli, you're a rock star!!!
Carry Greeff 2014-08-27 08:42:41 AM
Thats my girl with such attitude u can concur all. Thank u GOD for her life, her children,her work i ask that U protect her throughout her work and take her from strength to stregth. No weapon that is form against u shall prosper.
On The Edge 2014-08-27 08:43:06 AM
Agreed, Thuli for President if only she was in the DA and a man as the masses just like taking orders from woman. I suggest Mmusi Maimane as President with Thuli as his Deputy... then watch this country blossom and thrive on well placed morals and ethics, while the corrupt work in unison to repay what they stole from the mouths of the poor...
On The Edge 2014-08-27 08:44:39 AM
.... just DON'T like taking orders from woman, is what I meant to 'say'...
On The Edge 2014-08-27 09:22:14 AM
Nadia, don't shoot the messenger, I am merely inferring black cultural fact, not my own opinion... I then stated that I agree that Thuli should run for President!
Nathasia Jannetjies 2014-08-27 09:23:29 AM
I wonder why men normalky resort to expressions such as: "I just dont like taking orders from a woman....I mean.....this is just not true at all.
Nin Ja Kitty 2014-08-27 01:40:12 PM
Thuli, you are living proof that women can lead. You are a fine leader and the country would do well with you as our President. At least you understand the honesty policy. You are a hope the nation support.
William Thompson 2014-08-27 03:15:57 PM
Yes and they are accrdited with most of the inventions in the 19th and 20th century .....really johnsmith really.?