I wanted to study law but my father said it was a waste of resources because I would change my name after marriage
Billionaire businesswoman and philanthropist Apostle Folorunsho Alakija said she wanted to study law but her father advised her to become a secretary instead as investing in her career would be a waste of resources as she would change her name after marriage.
“When I was little, I dreamed of becoming a lawyer, but my father had other plans for me. He insisted that I become a secretary instead, when I had the means to support my aspirations. His reasoning was that I would end up getting married and changing my last name, making any investment in my career a waste of resources.
Unfortunately, my experience is not unique. Around the world, women continue to face barriers and discrimination, depriving them of the opportunity to realize their potential. But that must change.
“It is high time that society recognizes the immense value and contributions that women bring. Women work hard, have the necessary skills and possess invaluable assets that can greatly benefit society. Yet they often face unequal opportunities and discrimination compared to their male counterparts.
“As a woman who has experienced discrimination at first hand, I urge you to join me in calling for change. Let us empower ourselves to free ourselves from limiting beliefs and expectations. In my book, Folorunso Alakija Speaks , I share my thoughts on how women can change their mindset from being part of the pack to leading it. I encourage every woman to read it and take action to make a difference in her life and the lives of others.
“As we celebrate women this month, let us recognize their achievements and commit to supporting and empowering them. Together, we can create a world where every woman has the opportunity to pursue her dreams and reach her full potential.