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“My goal is always to bring the next person along to whatever platform I have access to. It’s not about me...it’s always bigger.”
There are those who would do anything to reach their goal, including stepping on others along the way, and then there are those like Deborah, who took others under her wing as her wit and work ethic catapulted her career. Her story goes a little something like this:
“I was working in Store Operations right out of college. A few years into that I requested to be moved to the corporate offices but no one took me seriously. I decided right then and there to quit and get another degree. It was my extreme version of a personal rebranding.
“Our society is pretty tough on cookie cutter expectations for careers...especially for the professional woman.”
I came to NYC with a few suitcases and a shiny new Master’s Degree...no job...no home…just me. Starting afresh in New York is not for the faint of heart and let’s just say that I spent the first year working every gig under the sun and apartment hopping across 3 boroughs all while trying to break into Fashion. This is something that is admired when you are young but as a 30-something single woman in this pursuit I experienced a lot of raised eyebrows and a lot of rejection.
I think that’s because our society is pretty tough on cookie cutter expectations for careers...especially for the professional woman. Combine that with a competitive industry (Fashion) and the toughest city in the country (NYC) and you have a recipe for an abundance of criticism and comparisons. I definitely get less "raised eyebrows " nowadays but the standards are always changing...the bar always being raised. I'm learning more to step away from all of that…it's a process.
Rashida Zagon, New York
Power is capturing the world as I see it
“It feels amazing and sometimes surreal that I’m able to bring a moment in time back to life. I get to play a part in showing my subjects in a way they probably have never seen before. I find so much power in that.”
The Keds Hand-Book for Women: the power issue
Power is taking control of your life
Rashida Zagon, self-made photographer, talks about how she found the power to transform her hobby into a full-blown career.
Power is representation
Alana Mayo, head of production and development at production company Outlier Society, speaks about the importance of using your own power to lift others up.
Power is within us
An exclusive Q&A with Meena Harris, founder of the Phenominal Women Action Campaign, about activisim, motherhood, and paying it forward.