Empowered Women Empower Women

Valuable lessons I learned by surrounding myself with strong women

Jheets Jots
ILLUMINATION

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In the past, I have been intimidated by the majority groups and jealous of minorities under the spotlight. This is not an uncommon feeling for most minorities. It is natural to feel threatened by the lack of representation in a discipline that is not welcoming to many minorities. To this day, there is still a noticeable gender gap in income, percent likelihood of promotions, sports, and STEM fields. Simply put, some areas are female-dominated while others are male-dominated. However, some are deeply rooted in a patriarchal system that pits other women against each other.

It wasn't until my 2nd year of university that I started noticing women who had defied gender norms while encouraging other women to do the same. After meeting multiple strong female leaders made me revisit my perceptions of other women from my past. Listed below are five women from my life who have each taught me a different lesson.

  1. My Grade School Teacher

It was undeniable that my 5th-grade teacher was a strong, independent woman, but her uncompromising character and her abilities as a teacher were admirable.

She constantly reminded us how important it was to stay grounded and…

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Jheets Jots
ILLUMINATION

Novice Writer| Tech, Biology, and Social Psych| BSc in Molecular Genetics 🔬 Dreamer 💭 Poet 🖋Tamil Canadian| Creator of https://medium.com/the-mole-biologists