It is not easy to be a woman in a world still dominated by patriarchy despite all the steps we’ve taken towards becoming a more equitable society. There will always be comments that women can’t do this and that, or even proclamations that they shouldn’t do a certain thing just because of their gender. However, they still have to brave the world despite this toxic mentality and prove that they actually can do it.
This subject has become a hot topic on Twitter among fellow Malaysian netizens when Twitter user FINAZ YUNUS @FinazYunus stated the fact that only a small number of women have managed to become headmistress in schools throughout the country. However, this is contrary to the fact that a large percentage (72%) of teachers in Malaysia are actually women.
Tahukah anda terdapat lebih 421 ribu Guru di Malaysia & 72% ialah Wanita.
Namun apa yang mendukacitakan hanya 3 ribu lebih Wanita menjadi Guru Besar & Pengetua!
Ini baru Kerjaya Guru, belum lagi Syarikat Swasta,Pengurusan Tertinggi, Pembuat Keputusan, Politik dan lain-lain. pic.twitter.com/wsN7uKF7fN
— FINAZ YUNUS (@FinazYunus) July 15, 2019
Another Twitter user expressed her opinions stating that women are not suited to become principal and headmistress. The reason is that these ladies are said to be more emotional compared to their male counterparts.
Perempuan tak sesuai jadi pengetua dan guru besar. Jenis emosi. Tak best. Masa i sekolah dulu pengetua lelaki handle sekolah gempak gila, bila tukar pengetua perempuan terus hambar. ✌🏻🤔 https://t.co/OWJ1uGzfM6
— Po exam 2 paper aje 😌 (@eneuawc) July 16, 2019
Upon reading it, netizens slammed the tweet by saying gender does not denote your capabilities as a leader, or in this case, a headmistress.
On the other hand, there are also those who were in favour of the notion that women shouldn’t be headmistress.
“Women become leaders with emotion. It’s better if a male teacher becomes the school leader. I said what I said.”
“Because men are smarter leaders as they use their intellect rather than their emotions.”
“Enough with all the female teachers in the staffroom. I get bored seeing all those ladies who think that they have such a high position.”
What do you think about this? Do you support the idea that women are not suitable as headmistress? Does gender define the leadership capabilities of a person? Share your opinion in the comments section!
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