Posted: January 26, 2010 in Palaver

Since time in memorial, women have traditionally taken the back seat when set against their opposite gender, hence they are christened ‘the weaker sex’. However, over the past few years, this tide has constantly been taking a dfifferent direction, much to the chagrin of the menfolk.

Be it in academic, corporate, political or social circles, todays woman is steadily asserting her stance by embracing roles that have hitherto been reserved for men. And theyre not doing so by seeking any favours. It’s either their way or the highway.

In the African setting, men have always been the heads of households, taking on the more ‘challenging’ roles in the family while the women are bestowed the ‘less demanding’ responsibilities. In other words, men put the food on the table and the women served it.

However, since the turn of the century, more and more women have arisen to take the driving seat in their respective fields. Lead by the likes of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Oprah Winfrey, Tyra Banks, Esther Passaris and Congestina Achieng’, many a woman are stealthily sidestepping the roles of men in the comtemporary world.

Today, it is common for women to challenge men for political positions as evidenced by Charity Ngilu, Martha Karua and Hillary Clinton who got a considerable amount of success in her quest for the U.S Presidency.

But perhaps the most succesful area of conquest for the womenfolk is in the corporate arena where they have stamped most authority in their enterpreneural endeavours. Martha Stewart, Oprah Winfrey and our own Esther Passaris are just a few of the numerous women who have demonstrated their rogue business skills and proceeded to build massive business empires.

In the office, academically empowered women pose a constant threat to the chauvinistic men who believe they are entitled to senior positions by virtue of their gender.They are forced to battle it out against their women counterparts who now enjoy a level playground. And if Carol Mutoko and (c.e.o keroche) are anything to go by, women are giving men a serious run for their money.

Such is the success of women empowerment that they have practically changed the nature of man-woman relationships as we have always known them. Forget about going dutch, women practically wear the pants in modern day relationships. Infact, some men have been relegated to being house-bands who stay at home and tend to house chores while their wives go to work. It’s like they are intent on proving that whatever a man can do, a woman can do better. With this state of affairs, it is uncommon to hear of men being battered by their wives (hence the need for Maendeleo ya Wanaume), something that sounded like taboo not many years ago.

This growing trend seems to be giving alot of men sleepless nights especially with the possibility of having artificially generated sperms. Basic biology tells you that sooner or later, women will render men redundant and drive them to certain extinction. And the fact that a growing number of men are reconnecting with their feminine side by turning gay doesn’t help either.

Hard as it may seem, men have little option but to adjust to the changing status quo in society. Gone are the days when they had it all for granted. No longer are some duties and positions reserved for men. Today, it’s simply a matter of who does it best wins the race. And by the look of things, women seem to be winning at an impressive rate.

The onus is now upon the younger generation of women to sustain the standards set by the current generation. You can rest assured that men will not be taking the onslaught lying down and (hopefully) sooner rather than later, they are bound to up their game in retaliation. Only time will tell whether or not the women will live up to the massive expectations but given the zeal and ambition they have exhibited so far, im not betting any of my money against them.


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