1 hr 3 min

Political influence, double standards, and silencing women Breaking Glass

    • Documentary

Many double standards exist for women and men, but perhaps none as ubiquitously as how they use their voice. A loud little girl is called bossy, a bold assertive woman is called a bitch. The same leadership qualities that we celebrate in men we often silence in women and Phumzile van Damme has experienced this at every turn of her career.

Elected to serve as a Member of Parliament for South Africa at the age of 31, van Damme went on to hold positions of National Assembly Whip, Shadow Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies Committee, and National Spokesperson of her party. She is one of the most accomplished young, Black, female politicians in South Africa and yet the relentless pressure to silence her eventually led to her resignation in 2021. She joins Kassia to talk about:

• Her political rise and her reputation for defying tradition and speaking out on behalf of gender equity
• Her struggle with self-confidence and imposter syndrome
• The attempts of organized gendered disinformation campaigns to undermine her political influence

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Many double standards exist for women and men, but perhaps none as ubiquitously as how they use their voice. A loud little girl is called bossy, a bold assertive woman is called a bitch. The same leadership qualities that we celebrate in men we often silence in women and Phumzile van Damme has experienced this at every turn of her career.

Elected to serve as a Member of Parliament for South Africa at the age of 31, van Damme went on to hold positions of National Assembly Whip, Shadow Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies Committee, and National Spokesperson of her party. She is one of the most accomplished young, Black, female politicians in South Africa and yet the relentless pressure to silence her eventually led to her resignation in 2021. She joins Kassia to talk about:

• Her political rise and her reputation for defying tradition and speaking out on behalf of gender equity
• Her struggle with self-confidence and imposter syndrome
• The attempts of organized gendered disinformation campaigns to undermine her political influence

Like what you hear and want more? Sign up for our newsletter full of episode updates and resources on issues impacting women around the world. 

1 hr 3 min