Dear Admissions Committee,
I am a product of the experiences I have had, people I have met, and adventures I have embarked on. All of these factors combined have been the driving force behind me pursuing my dream.
Growing up I was surrounded by sexism and discrimination as part of my daily life, as they are ingrained in society there. Surrounded by such an environment has always affected me, especially being exposed to stories of sexual violence and femicides. To contextualize the seriousness of the situation, eleven women are killed daily because of their gender; every 2.3 minutes, a woman or girl is raped, and 59.4% of women have suffered violence within their last relationship. I was 20 years old when I came across these statistics and promised myself that I would dedicate my life to helping reduce gender violence within my own country.
Due to my capacities and context, I felt passionate about promoting gender equality in places within my reach, and therefore started volunteering in schools that provided education to girls in marginalized communities. Within this framework, I met a ten-year-old girl who had witnessed gender violence within her home during childhood. She shared with me her desire to escape the cycle of domestic violence and her hopes to have a better education and more opportunities than her mother had.
As soon as I started working, I used my monthly salary to support her studies and help provide a more secure environment for her and her mother. It brings me enormous joy and fulfillment to say that today she is studying at one of the top universities with a 100% scholarship, and her mom has become financially independent to leave behind an abusive husband. To me, she represents only the beginning.
After joining my family business, I knew I could go a step further; I made it my mission for the company to take a stand against gender violence and provide the necessary support to victims.
Eager to ensure a significant long-lasting impact, I look forward to when I will take over as company CEO and further my social footprint by empowering female employees and providing them with the necessary tools to be financially independent so they can escape gender violence within their homes. Ultimately, I hope that my family company will be the blueprint for other companies to follow by granting equal employment opportunity to millions of women so they can live free of gender injustice.
USC Marshall’s program can help me achieve my life and career goal. Through the “Graduate Women in Business,” I can collaborate with my peers to develop my path of furthering my career within the family business. I aspire to set the example of how empowering women can cause a positive ripple effect within the company and the different communities in which we operate. I’m excited to share my story with Marshall’s community and see how being part of a community based on collaboration can help me reduce gender violence within my country.