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An unconventional letter on gender and race inequality

April 9, 2016

Dear <insert gender> <insert race> reader,

You are smart. You are capable. You are probably just as good as your colleagues, or even better. Back yourself. Have confidence.

Trust me, you may get passed over for a promotion once, or even twice, but if you keep putting in the effort, keep earning the trust of your bosses and managers, keep doing what is right and produce outstanding results; the promotion that belongs to you, it will happen one day.

You may be misunderstood more often, or have to work harder to push past gender and race stereotypes, but when people finally see you for the real you, the one that adds a lot of value, it will be worth all the while.

So don’t give up just yet, don’t get tired of working late to make what is required happen. Be strong and encouraged. Know that when you help others succeed you are also helping yourself succeed. Know that when you help others advance you are also helping yourself advance. That’s the best way to ensure success. Not by pushing your way in, or by sheer willpower or even luck. You earn favour when you help others achieve what they have set out to achieve. Trust me, they will remember you and help you succeed in the future also.

So if you are young and ambitious, but feel that you are being passed over because of your race or gender, just keep going, forget what happened and find out what it takes to succeed. It may require a change in your mindset, or a change in your attire (because who knows how you look plays a huge part in how others perceive you), or a change in attitude or professionalism.

You can do it. Let’s do it together.

Lots of love from your fellow asian sister,

Kwan-Ann

 

 

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