In the Marvel Universe, each superhero has a distinctive superpower that they are renowned for. Some heroes have the power of flight, others can become invisible or possess incredible healing abilities, and some wield the power of light.
It’s an exciting concept to imagine possessing such abilities, and we all have a unique superpower within us. Women, in particular, have an indispensable superpower – the power to hustle!
Women are genetically wired to be skilled hustlers. They have the exceptional capacity to manage multiple roles and responsibilities with ease and finesse. Whether they are fulfilling the roles of a leader, entrepreneur, wife, mother, or a daughter, women are known for multitasking and achieving their goals with tenacity. In today’s world, the term ‘hustling’ is synonymous with juggling, and taking risks to achieve one’s goals, and women have been doing this all along.
The COVID-19 pandemic is a perfect example that proves women’s innate ability to hustle. During the pandemic, women were seen wearing multiple hats in their personal and professional lives, juggling multiple roles, and achieving their goals. Female-led countries such as New Zealand, Norway, and Taiwan had some of the best responses to the pandemic. Research shows that women leaders are often more effective in times of crisis. However, unfortunately, despite their demonstrated effectiveness, the number of female heads of state is low worldwide, indicating that women face systemic barriers and discrimination in leadership roles.
Celebrating Women as Hustlers
In my personal and professional life, I have had the privilege of meeting incredible women who have led disruptive change that has transformed society and leadership. I have also been fortunate to receive support from supportive men who have worked with me to remove the obstacles in my way. They have encouraged me to work on my own terms, set a benchmark for others to follow, and become an independent woman who never gives up or settles for less.
While the ability to hustle is not exclusive to women, they have been doing it for centuries. Their unique ability to balance multiple roles and responsibilities, overcome challenges, and find solutions to problems is truly inspiring. Women today are making a significant impact in various fields, such as science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Women have proven their mettle in traditionally male-dominated fields and are breaking down barriers and shattering stereotypes. Despite the challenges they face, women are continuing to lead with conviction, passion, and resilience.
The superpower of women to hustle is real and inspiring. Women are capable of achieving great things, balancing multiple roles and responsibilities, and overcoming challenges. As a society, we must recognize and celebrate the unique superpower of women and support them in their journey towards success. We must work together to break down the systemic barriers and discrimination that hold women back and establish a fair and just society that affords women equal opportunities.
This International Women’s Day, I want to empower all women to recognise their unique superpowers and abilities and achieve their goals, making a positive impact in the world. It’s also essential to acknowledge the systemic barriers and discrimination that many women face in various aspects of life. It is important for us to persist in our efforts to establish a fair and righteous society that affords women equal opportunities.
Views expressed are the author’s own.
Madhusmita Panda is the Chief Marketing Officer at KredX.
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