Challenging the Norms

By: Jenny Assaf, Regular Contributor

The other day I came across an article regarding women’s positions in major companies. I found that currently women only hold 4.8% of CEO positions in the top 500 greatest companies. I was shocked to read about how little power women hold in terms of large corporations, but I was even more shocked that I had allowed myself to come to terms with this issue.  

All the women in my family in the past few generations have lived as the stereotypical housewife; cleaning the house daily, making dinner for when their husbands come home from work, and so on. It used to be unheard of for women to work for big corporations or lead in big positions. With this “norm,” the women in my family never even considered the possibility of having such a high-profile job. Why aren’t the women in my family living to their highest potential?


This realization has motivated me to encourage females to show the world what we’re really made of. I want to see that percentage increase to at least 50% one day, and the only way we can do that is by following our dreams. As cliché as it sounds, we have to follow our dreams to change the norm. We will be most successful when we are pushing our passions and striving to be the best versions of ourselves.  

Not everyone knows what he or she is passionate about yet, and that’s perfectly fine. However, this doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t look for success yet. Just doing something small can make an impact, like getting together with a group of girls to talk about how we can support one another or even stepping outside our comfort zone and taking a class we typically would never take. Now is the time for woman to be whatever they desire, because anything is possible. Imagine one day having a female president run our COUNTRY. That’s major but totally possible.

Knowing myself, I know that the only way I can succeed is through the support of others. To me, and I’m sure most other women, support=growth. We can only grow by allowing others to help us along the way. If women stick together to guide one another, I’m sure we will be able to take over the business world one day. 

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About Jenny

JENNY_ASAAF1.jpgJenny is a 17-year-old high school student based in San Francisco, CA. She has always had a passion for fashion design and illustration, and dreams of pursuing fashion in college and the future. Currently, Jenny is working sewing an 8-piece collection for Spring 2016 and starting a fashion lifestyle blog! Other than fashion, Jenny loves being surrounded by many friends and family.





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