Last month, I interviewed Jumaiyah, the co-founder of Halalfoodhunt, for CLEO Change Makers. This quote from her stuck with me for a really long time. Growing up, I was taught that you can succeed as long as you work hard. Then I graduated from school and slowly learnt how privilege puts us all on different starting points, and how things like gender, race, and class - amongst many other factors that we have no control over - can actually stand between us and our success.
It’s discouraging, but then there are people like Jumaiyah who keep persisting despite it all. She texted me yesterday to thank me for this piece, because it highlighted not just her successes but her struggle to get there. So here’s to hoping that her story inspires other people who feel like they can’t succeed because of their gender or race, and gives them the strength to overcome these challenges that has no place in a meritocracy. Link in bio ☝🏻