Today we’d like to introduce you to Monira Uddin.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My dad came to the US during the 1960s in order to provide his family with a better life. He had survived extreme poverty and hunger and never wanted his children to suffer in that same way. My mom also grew up in war-torn Bangladesh and her parents saw her marrying and leaving the country as a path for saving the rest of her siblings from hardship. I grew up in public housing in NYC. My parents were grateful they were able to find this apartment for me and my siblings because rent for a small space in NYC can be sky high. All my life, my parents used their struggle and kept pushing us to do well in school and to study hard so that we can have better lives. My dad always said, no one can ever take your education away from you. I studied hard and excelled and went to one of the top high schools in the country. I went to a private university on full scholarship and went on to dental school. That was the first time I was away from NYC and my family, and it was a struggle academically and personally. I kept pushing myself, not wanting to let my parents down. I have made it and am practicing now and living the American dream. I love that I am making a difference in people’s lives and smiles
Has it been a smooth road?
My journey was not always a smooth one. There was a lot of financial difficulties. I never wanted to burden my parents and had to seek help from other resources. My advice to other women would be to always believe in yourself first. Think and speak positive things to yourself. Don’t put yourself down when you look in the mirror. Learn from your mistakes, grow, and then move on.
Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
My first priority is my family, making sure their needs are taken care of. I work full time as a dentist. I then go home, cook, clean, take the kids to their activities and then head to the gym to work out. Working out is my time to make sure I am healthy and fit enough to continue doing everything else. I volunteer and try to use my life in the service of others. I also run a part-time fashion blog. I want to show that women over 40 don’t need to dress frumpy and that we are still vibrant and fun!
For good reason, society often focuses more on the problems rather than the opportunities that exist, because the problems need to be solved. However, we’d probably also benefit from looking for and recognizing the opportunities that women are better positioned to capitalize on. Have you discovered such opportunities?
I feel like we are definitely moving in the right direction. With the Metoo movement and more women coming forward and calling out aggressors, we are not afraid to use our voices anymore. Each generation will hopefully move forward towards full gender equality. Women are just rocking it out in all areas and I can’t wait until we have a female President.
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