Sunday March 8th marks this year’s International Women’s Day, an important event to celebrate women around the world and shine light on equality and diversity. I am fortunate to have been shaped by many women that have come into my life: women in my family, female teachers and professors throughout my education, along with friends and colleagues. Each and every single one of them have influenced me to be the person I am today.
But without a doubt, the woman that has inspired me the most is my mom. Along with my dad, she left everything behind when we moved to Canada to provide a better opportunity for my brother and I. Starting over in a foreign land and facing a huge language barrier, she took care of my brother and I to make sure we went to school with a full breakfast and healthy lunches, braved the cold and snow to take us to extracurricular activities, and of course, being the authoritative yet gentle voice of reason during the hundreds of fights between myself and my brother. Her sacrifice and relentless will to raise her two sons are traits that have been instilled in me and are virtues that will continue to guide me in the future.
We have all been inspired by women in our lives at some point. Let’s share and recognize some of the women that have influenced and inspired you whether it be personally, academically, or professionally. Feel free to share your own story about how they inspired you or if you just want to give them a quick shout out, you are more than welcomed to do so as well!