They say a country’s economy depends on how empowered her women are. The 20th and 21st centuries have witnessed the rise and change in women’s roles all across the world. Now more than ever, women compete healthily with their male counterparts in education, innovation, employment, and even entrepreneurship. We could attribute these changes to the pioneers who saw the need to fight for gender equality and made tangible changes that younger women can enjoy.
Julieta Benza, formada em contabilidade, há quatro anos desempregada,deslocou-se para o CCB, às 06:00, em busca de uma oportunidade de emprego p/sustentar os filhos, o seu dia-a-dia “é terrível”.
“Não tenho como meter os filhos a estudar”, disse Julieta. https://t.co/xXYigzWm0L
— Isabel Dos Santos (@isabelaangola) September 7, 2019
Isabel dos Santos is one such lady. She hails from Angola, a country that still struggles to accommodate women in building the economy and utilizing its resources. Isabel, however, went against all notions and fought tirelessly to build an empire with her name on it despite facing male competition.
Coming from a stable background, Isabel dos Santos was lucky to receive a decent education that paved the way for her to create her own world. She has been of immense help in creating opportunities for other fellow women who aspire to become more than what the society outlines for women. Through her businesses and companies, Isabel ensures that many Angolans get employment, which in turn empowers their lives.
After graduating from college, Isabel dos Santos promised herself that she would become a household name. So she ventured into the hospitality industry and later veered off into transportation. At the time, the telecommunications industry, another male-dominated industry had picked up. She decided to go bold and gamble on this new concept that had begun to pick. And so, UNITEL was born with Isabel dos Santos as co-founder. She led the company into prosperity, currently branded as one of the largest companies in Angola.
Isabel’s dedication, tenacity, and success have been essential in motivating other women into business and leadership. Her abilities to overcome the negative notions has been recognized worldwide. She joins other influential names such as Oprah Winfrey in the Forbes’ list of wealthy women.
So, what’s Isabel dos Santos’ secret? The African princess believes that lack of information and skills is the main reason why the youth and women continue to strain in impoverished states. Her initiatives are geared at improving these undermined conditions.
We are looking forward to seeing how she maintains her status.