The economic empowerment of rural women is essential if we wish to create a fair and equal society for all. African states must invest in programmes which help create employment for rural women. The development of the rural economy must ensure rural women are the vanguards of this movement. For too long women have been sidelined in the rural economy. Subsistence and commercial farming must be promoted by the state through legislation which simplifies the process for one to become involved in the rural economy especially as a woman.