Why Women Make Good Gold Miners
Sure, I'm speaking in general terms here and there are exceptions to every rule. In many respects, however, female miners have distinct advantages over the rest of us that have nothing to do with physical strength or overall endurance (although plenty of women possess these last two attributes as well).
I've been around the mining block over 33 years now and in that time I've been fortunate enough to come across some exceptional female miners who could dredge, dry wash, sluice, high bank, nugget shoot, and swing a pick or wield a shovel every bit as well (if not better) as their male counterparts (including their husbands, boy friends, etc.).
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One reason this is true is that women are, by and large, extremely hard workers. You know, I've seen a lot of lazy ass males who called themselves miners over the years but I've never come across a lazy female miner. Ever.
What Impresses Me
Another distinct attribute that female miners have over most men in the field is a greater understanding of what I call the "3 Ps:" patience, persistence, and perseverance. I'll be the first to admit that I'm not the most patient miner around, so I admire that attribute in others and female miners tend to have it (and the other two "Ps") in abundance.
The Bottom Line
If you think this post is simply me pandering to women you are more than just dead wrong and obviously don't know me very well (nor will you). The ego-driven macho asses out there will always be bone heads in my book and they'll never get it, no matter what.
Here's the bottom line...I have an immense respect for women in the mining community and so should you. The next time you're out in the field and your wife or daughter or girl friend is working right alongside you, take a moment to admire what you have there and show your appreciation.
Remember, "Gold is where you find it."
If you liked this post, you may want to read: "Independent Spirits: Female Gold Miners"
(c) Jim Rocha (J.R.) 2012
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