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Zhomartova Aigerim


Zhomartova AigerimKazakh-American Free University, Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan

How I became a leader

Women’s leadership is very popular topic in 21 century. It is necessary to emphasize that women are fighting for their rights to be equal with men, however doing the same work they usually earned less money. Now here we are. We are different but we are equal.

I have developed my leadership skills in the USA. I am alumni, and I was a participant of SUSI program (Study of the United States Institute for Women Leaders). Let me tell you a little bit about this program.

SUSI is intensive short term academic programs which purpose is to provide groups of undergraduate student leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States, while they develop their leadership skills. The five-week Institutes consist of a balanced series of seminar discussions, readings, group presentations, and lectures. The coursework and classroom activities are complemented by educational travel, site visits, leadership activities, and volunteer opportunities within the local community. The Institutes include an academic residency component of approximately four weeks and a domestic study tour of approximately one week. During the academic residency, participants will also have the opportunity to engage in educational and cultural activities outside of the classroom.

The one-day conference in Washington D.C. brings together 80 SUSI student leaders and approximately 20 U.S. student ambassadors from the four Institutes on Women's Leadership and sets the tone for the Institutes. The women have opportunities to network with one another and meet with inspiring U.S. women leaders representing various professional fields.

The women’s leadership in XXI century

A woman from ancient times was consideredas the beginning of all beginnings. She gives life, and it means that without her participation it would be no history. There was patriarchy where the only mission of  women was to give birth. There were amazons - absolutely female tribe. And now we came to our time, where girls and boys are equal. In law, in workplace and etc.

But in daily life woman is weak and she is a bad leader. By history we know that all leaders, khans and presidents were men. If woman decides to be a leader and becomes the leader, she will be criticized. It is a stereotype, when it comes to female leaders, we see damned wretch boss who has sacrificed family and love to make it to where she is.

Male leaders show competitive behavior and female leaders show cooperative behavior. Women have their own style of leading, but when women leaders try to be like their male-colleagues, they not only lose their femininity, but also lose the game. Sociological studies show that women have a strong sense of responsibility. At the same time, women can be good leaders and take care of their children. There are many examples in our society.

What problems can meet woman in the way to become a leader?

1.  Stereotypes

2.  Mentality

3.  Male criticism

Therefore, all the stereotypes are similar and we all know them. There are some examples like “Woman’s place is in the kitchen”; “Woman cannot be a leader, she is weak”; “Woman’s mission is to give life”; “Women are not smarter, than men”; “Woman cannot earn more money than her husband”.

My answer is “Woman can do anything she wants”. However, I am not feminist, the thought is that women and men are equal and women’s mission is still to give a birth. She does not have to sacrifice the family and love.

The next one is mentality. Kazakhs say that woman must be a housewife and husband’s money is enough for family. Just imagine the situation, your parents pay 1 million tenge ($3.000) for your education, then you graduate and get married. Your husband says: “Sit at home, take care of my children. Be a housewife.”. Sorry for your parents’ work.

Male criticism is not good, but it exists. When woman becomes more successful than man does, man's self-esteem falls. A good example of this is Malala Yousafzai. She was born on 12 July in 1997. She is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate. Local Taliban had banned girls from attending school. It is not a new information that Taliban treats women like animals. She was 11–12 years old, in 2009, Malala wrote a blog under a pseudonym for the BBC, detailing her life under Taliban occupation and their attempts to take control of the valley, and her views on promoting education for girls in the Swat Valley. The following summer, journalist Adam Ellick made a New York Times documentaryabout her life as the Pakistani military intervened in the region. Yousafzai rose in prominence, giving interviews in print and on television. In October 9, 2012, Malala boarded her school bus in the northwest Pakistani district of Swat. Talibans stop her bus and gunman pointed a pistol at her and fired three shots. She was in a critical condition, but she survived. She was sent Queen Elizabeth Hospital in England, for intensive rehabilitation. Her message to girls: “Let’s pick up our books and our pens. They are our most powerful weapons.  One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world. Education is the only solution. Education first”.

More and more women are rising to the leadership challenge, even in some of the most male-dominated industries. The increase in the number of women attending university, in the workplace or starting their own business has demonstrated to men who own businesses that women can be both managers and mothers, thus showing their male counterpart that women can in fact "do it all". In addition, I want to add Hilary Clinton’s leadership secrets that can help in self-development: “Be resilient, be a continuous learner, be “adaptively” authentic, do not be afraid to ask for help, be a great communicator”; and I will finish my researching work with one my favorite quotes: “Strong enough to bare the children, then get back to business”.

2016 year



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