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Do not be afraid to be underestimated!

Registered Date December 05, 2016 Read 330
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Devina Wiyono, Scranton Scholar of Petra Christian University in Indonesia

Women's right is freedom for a woman to choose, act, dream, work and being anything according to what they want without limit. Decades ago, the tradition in my country Indonesia, women were not permitted to go to school, only men were permitted. Women should stay in the house taking care of the household. Women also were not permitted to appear more dominant than men (like join organization). It ultimately affects women social status, women seen as lower class; until a woman named R.A. Kartini stand up for women’s rights. She was a daughter of a nobleman. Inspired by Netherlands’ culture, she founded First School for women in Indonesia.

Nowadays, as a woman, there are no limits for me to dream and take action. Therefore, during the university, I let myself to step into roles and activities that generally for men. One of the examples was I tried to get myself elected to become fellowship’s leader in my major. I encourage myself to run as a leader. However, the previous leader wasn’t convinced and asked me to reconsider my decision. It was obvious that the previous leader prefer my competitor who is man. According to him, male is more likely to be better speaker and do a better job than women. He was afraid if the leader were not man than it will affect badly on the program.


It is a fact that I was not a better speaker than my competitor. But I didn’t stay silent and resign to my situation. I realize that it was my calling. I saw a lot of problems with the program and I wanted to get involved and try to fix it. I have a vision and mission that I want to implement over the next one year. At first faced with a lot of problems, I started to give up, but God gave me strength to continue. He gave me confidence to continue with the election. Finally when the Election Day came, I was chosen to become fellowship’s leader in my major.


I think there are no barriers and challenges that we can’t overcome as women to achieve our dreams. Sometimes, we build our own obstacle with fear and low self-esteem. Stop over thinking. If we think we can’t do it then we will never be able to do it. Do not be afraid to be underestimated; turn it into fuel to reach your dream. If we want equality with men, first we have to learn to respect ourselves.