My name is Gabi Moberly, and I am a senior at Pleasant Plains High School. If you had asked me a year ago what my opinion was on social justice, politics, or small businesses, I would have told you that I couldn’t care less. Over the past year, I have come to realize that I am extremely passionate about the advancement of women’s rights, specifically women in business.
As a female entrepreneur in the male-dominated field of business, I am proud to be a part of a program that does not feed into these social constructs. Sangamon CEO gives girls the same opportunities as the boys in the program. While CEO is such an inclusive and welcoming environment, the rest of the world still throws obstacles at women in business every day.
Getting respect is possibly the hardest part of being a successful business woman. In the words of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, “We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls, you can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful.” We need to teach girls that one’s success need not be threatening to others and that they are equally worthy of respect.
Sangamon CEO gives everyone an equal opportunity to take charge, speak their thoughts, and become successful business owners. Gender, race, and economic background do not factor into someone’s consideration to be a part of CEO. There are so many strong female voices with breathtaking ideas. This program is the most rewarding opportunity I have experienced. I am so excited to see what the year has in store and tackle more obstacles faced by women in business.