Road to Independence {Aminatou Sow}

The new fall season kicks off with Aminatou Sow, host of the Call Your Girlfriend podcast where she discusses all things pop culture, politics, and feminism with her long-distance best friend. A fierce boss lady, digital powerhouse, and writer, Aminatou has been named in Forbes 30 Under 30 in Tech and amongst Women to Watch by KQED Arts. More about this episode: In this episode, Aminatou shares about being raised in a conservative Muslim family and her experience immigrating to the U.S. From working at a toy store when she had no other prospects, to becoming her own boss and a well-known podcast host, Aminatou has excellent advice for creative women working full-time who want to become more independent and level up in their leadership. Show Notes: -Aminatou’s childhood: Growing up in Nigeria in a conservative Muslim family that emphasized intellectual curiosity. [1:25] -Thoughts on her high school days, being a feminist, and wanting to live in America. [4:30] -College years and the pressure to achieve as a child of immigrants. [7:28] -The unexpected death of her mom, what she learned, and how she moved on. [14:10] -Living in Belgium and DC, struggling to find a job amidst the obstacles of being an immigrant, and the job that taught her humility. [15:30] -Landing her first “real” job… and then the recession hit – how panic and anxiety turned to hustle. [21:09] -How Aminatou redefined her path after being granted asylum and built a solid digital PR resume. [27:33] -How the Call Your Girlfriend podcast got started. [30:32] -The “weird ride” to becoming her own boss and Aminatou’s insights on the long game. [35:17] -Aminatou’s advice to women working full-time who want to level up in their leadership and gain more independence. [40:03] References: Majo's website – Call Your Girlfriend – Music by Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs – Want to support women's voices? Go to & become a bigger part of the Heroine community. Check out our rewards for supporters

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