Middle Eastern, working mom. Value me?

Mira Niswonger.

I hold many identities, some come with privilege and some with disadvantages. I hold power and privilege in my identities as a Heterosexual, Cisgender, able-bodied person. And I often feel discriminated against in my identities as a middle eastern woman and working mom. As a working mom, I may be seen as both, less competent (as a woman) and less committed at work (as a mom). And as a Middle Eastern, when I look up, I don’t see people like me. I am usually “the only”. Belonging to me is knowing I am valued because of my identities not despite them. I can look up and see women like me forging paths for others.


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