I have lately, started to realize how people perceive me... It reminds me of seeing the tip of an #iceberg
No one knows my #hardships
; how hard I work, and all that I have to #sacrifice
... They only see the good parts: the trips I take, the occasional media coverage, the socializing, the happy part...
I also go through #discrimination
, and #sexism
on a daily basis... I lost many opportunities in the #DutchGovernment
years ago, because I was born in Iran and am not an "original" #Dutch
. I was not willing to censur any part of my identity: I am as much a Dutch as an Iranian and I cherish these identities both. You cannot climb the Dutch political ladder if you show you are not just a Dutch with some 'exotic background' but you are a real bi-national. So I was out...
People think I am in my twenties and do not take my #work
experiences seriously but I am 34 years old!! I'm not in school anymore, I have had my own firm for about ten years now. I have, of course gone back to school and gained more diplomas but I am certainly not a junior in my field!! However, people have difficulty believing my age, let alone take my work seriously as a senior... .
...and do not get me started on being a #woman
in the field of politics where men are still considered dominant and more analytical than women!! ...where a woman gets asked about her family status (single / married) by clients instead of the focus on work... I mean I cannot even #network
properly without men thinking I am either flirting with them or we are on a date... pfff
Life is not all roses and butterflies for me... and this here (Instagram), is just a page full of the good parts to #inspire
myself and others, it's not even a glimpse of my reality! Nothing in life comes to anyone for free... I am NOT an exception to that rule!
#career #ambitiouswomen #careerwoman #keepgoing #fightthefight #itsaMansWorld #independentwoman #TheStruggleisReal #empowerment #femaleenterpreneur #schijnbedriegt