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We women aren't fragile figurines

Published:Tuesday | September 26, 2017 | 12:10 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

This letter is a response to the Growth and Jobs article titled 'Wanted: more women in construction' that published in The Gleaner on September 19.

It is high time that women in the Jamaican society be involved in work that men overwhelmingly dominated. Whoever came up with the rule that women cannot handle the jobs that men can? Don't we have female bus drivers, conductors, farmers, engineers and architects?

It is so typical of Jamaican society to belittle women by pushing them aside like they are little fragile souvenirs that we stash away in corners only to gather dust.

Congratulations are in order for the minister of gender, Olivia Grange, who has listened to the cry of women in Jamaica for more opportunities for available jobs. It is a great deal and definitely a significant initiative that she has taken to provide such opportunities for women.

Quite a number of outsiders see women as stiletto-wearing emotional wrecks who wouldn't know how to wear steel-toe boots and overalls. They regard us only as being able to bear children, do housework, and handle files. However, we are rarely given opportunities like these to show what we can really do. We are skilful (Jeremiah 9:17) and strong.

SHANICE KARISTEN GRANT

Student, Shortwood Teachers' College