Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Meg In Journalism!

The movers and shakers at Abroad View Magazine have invited me to join the ranks of their global team of citizen journalists with a monthly column of my own! Here's a taste:

When discussing gender roles with with my Peul Bande father, I asked him:
"Are women good with money?"

"No, of course not," he said.

"Who is in charge of the communal village collection system?" I asked.

"My wife! She is the president of the women's society."

"And what funded the new machinery in the peanut field?"

"The women’s communal pot. The women decided to buy the machinery."

"And have the machines improved the condition of life here?"

"Yes. They have brought in more money."

"Are women good with money?"

"No. Women are not intelligent."

Intrigued by this obvious dichotomy in thought and by the enormous power the village women had begun to harness with their rotating lending system, I asked more questions...

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