PETALING JAYA: Women can achieve more if they learn how to kick the “buts” out of their vocabulary, says a former minister who was more popularly known as the “Iron Lady” during her Cabinet tenure.
Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, currently AirAsia X Bhd chairman, commanded the attention of the more than 600 people attending the Women do Wonders (WOW) Talks with her fiery speech on Sunday urging women to “kick the buts” and become more than quota fillers.
“Women always have a lot of ‘'buts'’ – ‘but I can’t do this’ or ‘but I'm the weaker sex,’ blah blah blah.
“What is this ‘but’? Get rid of all the ‘buts’ and then you will have self-confidence. Don’t wait for opportunities to come your way. Don’t wait to be spoon-fed.
“And stop talking about quotas. Why have a boardroom filled with 30% women if all of them are cowed by the men?
“It is better to have one woman who can out-talk the men. That’s what we want,” she said during her talk.
The former International Trade and Industry minister held the floor in rapt attention for almost an hour, fielding a range of questions.
“Never allow gender to be an obstacle or even an edge. I always tell people, ‘This is me, take it or leave it together with all my strengths and my shortcomings’,” she said.
The WOW Talks and Bazaar at SEGi University in Kota Damansara here is the culmination of Star Media Group's almost month-long women's campaign in partnership with AirAsia Bhd.
The women’s speciality bazaar, curated by Caring Moms, will feature some 100 handpicked vendors selling artisanal products, handcrafted keepsakes and homemade delicacies.
There will also be stage performances – hip-hop, belly dancing and Latin dances, as well as a female Michael Jackson impersonator.