DAY FORTY-THREE: "I do think as a woman when faced with these obstacles, if you want to be a winner, then you can't be a whiner... you must never let others think that this is something that dims your enthusiasm or intimidates you." She watched the Ambassador up on stage, talking about being a woman, being successful, becoming who she was now. Was it true? Would there be a world where women didn't have to be extra strong, extra motivated, extra everything to deserve what they did in fact deserve? Was it true that women had to work harder? Would there be a world where they didn't have to? She remembered when her boss casually asked her to go speak to the help about lunch when she was the only woman in a meeting of her fellow managers. She remembered when her grandmother chastised her for not making dinner for her brother when they both came home from a 12-hour workday. She remembered being told that women were less likely to get field reporting jobs. Maybe, she dreamed, maybe it would change, one day, one Ambassador, one enthusiastic, motivated young woman at a time.
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This photo was taken at a talk with Pakistani Ambassador to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi. The quote in the story is from the Ambassador, but the story is a work of fiction.