A recent study by Business Insider shows that women are actually better leaders compared to men.
According to the study, this is because they must perform twice as well to be thought half as good. Ladies, is this true?
Kenyan women have always played important roles in our country’s politics, economy, activism and other fields.
Below are some of the courageous women who are shot callers on the high tables.
#1. Margaret Kenyatta – The 52-year-old First Lady of Kenya has been running a successful campaign to reduce child maternal mortality rates in the country. Dubbed ‘Beyond Zero Campaign’ the charity cause has seen many contribute millions to help mothers and children. On October 24th, 2014, she was named UN Person of the Year.
#2. Tabitha Mukami Muigai Karanja – She is the founder and current Chief Executive Officer of Keroche Breweries, the first large brewery in Kenya owned by a non-multinational company. As of October 2012, Keroche accounted for 20% of Kenya’s beer consumption.
Tabitha Karanja and her husband started making fortified wine, targeting the lower end of the market in the beginning of 1997. In 2007, the government enacted heavy taxes on locally made wines, so her product was priced out of the market. She then switched to manufacturing ready-to-drink gin and vodka, which her state-of-the-art factory still makes today. In 2008, she added beer to her repertoire of alcoholic drinks, beginning with a brand called “Summit”. In 2013, the factory began expansion plans to increase beer production from 60,000 bottles per day to 600,000 bottles per day. The refurbished plant, which cost KSh5 billion (US$55.5 million), was commissioned by Adan Mohammed, the Cabinet Secretary for Industrialisation, on 31 March 2015.
Tabitha is married to Joseph Karanja and together, they are the parents of four children; James Karanja, Anerlisa Muigai, Edward Muigai and Tecra Muigai. Joseph Muigai Karanja serves as the Chairman of Keroche Breweries Limited.
#3. Ngina Kenyatta – She is the widow of Jomo Kenyatta (first president of Kenya) and the mother of the current Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta. According to Forbes, she is an excellent businesswoman who owns the largest dairy company in Kenya — Brookside, which has shares in the K24 television channel and Commercial Bank of Africa, besides the 550,000 hectares of land she inherited from mzee. Her heritage is worth $500 million.
#4. Kalpana Rawal – She was the former Deputy Chief Justice and Vice President of the Supreme Court of Kenya. Before she was appointed as judge of the High Court, Rawal became the first woman lawyer to set up a private practice in Kenya in 1995.
According to a leaked set of 11.5 million confidential documents that provide detailed information about more than 214,000 offshore companies listed by the Panamanian corporate service provider Mossack Fonseca, Kalpana and her husband indicated that they set up an offshore holding company to move his business to the British Virgin Islands.
Rawal’s father was a judge of the High Court of India while her grandfather served as a law minister in India.
#5. Martha Karua – Also known as the iron lady, the former long-standing member of parliament for Gichugu Constituency and Minister of Justice has been a leading crusader for the widening of democratic space and gender issues in Kenya. She has been involved in championing women’s rights through public interest litigation, lobbying and advocacy for laws that enhance and protect women’s rights through her work with various women’s organizations, particularly the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA-Kenya) and the League of Kenya Women Voters.
Karua has the image of being combative and a woman of stiff resolve. At one time in her Kirinyaga District when KANU was still in power, Karua walked out on late President Moi who was then addressing a crowd in the district stadium. This was an unusual display of open defiance against Moi, who was then feared and ruled with an iron fist.