Meet The Women In My Life – Part 20 – Saranna

Saranna Ameer

Since International Women’s Day, (which was the 8th of March 2019), I’ve been sharing one interview a day.

To celebrate them, I’ve interviewed the women in my life to share their perspective on things. I included parents, siblings, cousins, aunties and even friends.

It’s no secret that we live in a male-dominated global culture and women are often at the shorter end of the stick, especially when they are more than capable to do what men can do in society, and often more! People are people, regardless of gender.

The coin does flip both ways so I look forward to doing one for the guys too.

Today’s interview is with my cousin who is such a soft-spoken yet magnificent force to behold. Meet MiMi’s sister Saranna…

Choosing to be a career woman does not make you less of a woman – own it. Do not fit into a glass slipper but instead, shatter glass ceilings.

Interviews coming each day for a month so make sure to subscribe, options found to the right or in the menu above, (or at the very bottom on phone browsers).

Women's Day 2019 - Dr. Saranna Ameer

I’ve asked all the ladies the same questions and this is what they had to say…

Dr. Saranna Ameer

Current location: Harare, Zimbabwe

Born in: Harare, Zimbabwe

Saranna Ameer - 34 - Specialist Physician
Saranna Ameer – 34 – Specialist Physician

Hiya Saranna, what makes you a woman?

The first thing as a practicing Muslim, would be my relationship to my creator. He has defined a role for me in relation to him and in fulfilling those roles I am a woman.

Secondly I feel I am a woman in the words of the Maya Angelou poem Phenomenal Woman…

It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.

Who is one of the women you respect the most and why?

My grandmother Amina Ameer. She was the most amazing woman I know and I am who I am because of her influence. She cared for everyone and all who knew her loved her. She had patience always and nothing ever got her down. She had a smile and always gave the best advice. She was constantly learning and growing as a person.

And by extension, my sister Ameera “Mimi” Ameer who shows a lot of my grandmother while being a forever fighter in what she believes to be right and true, as well as always being authentic. I love you Ameera, keep on being you.

Saranna with her sister Mimi
Saranna with her sister Mimi

If you were a man, what do you think life would be like as compared to now?

I think my life would be a lot less full. I work in a very male-oriented environment and most of the men are very focused and driven but not in any other roles. They have people to pick up the slack, whereas no matter how accomplished you are as a woman, you are still expected to fulfill other so-called duties, which help make life interesting and varied.

What do you struggle with the most in life?

The ‘isms’ so sexism and racism – being judged on what you are perceived and versus who you are. I am an intersection (woman of color, Muslim), in so many ways, it’s easy to be labeled as an outsider and classified in stereotypical boxes. I love the challenge of breaking those and being an individual.

What do you enjoy the most in life?

The people I have been blessed with in my life. I am surrounded by amazing humans who challenge me, grow me, and inspire me daily. I enjoy the work I do, the life I lead and the deep connections I have.

What one thing would you like to tell all the women out there?

You are perfect as you are. You do not have to look a certain way or be a certain way. Who you are authentically is perfect. A housewife, a mother is one of the most important jobs – do not make it a “I am just” job but a queen of the house.

Saranna with friends
Saranna with friends

Similarly, choosing to be a career woman does not make you less of a woman – own it. Do not fit into a glass slipper but instead, shatter glass ceilings.

What one thing would you like to tell all the men out there?

Acknowledge the privileges you have been given by the nature of your gender and if there is a woman you can help reach her dreams, do so. She is someone’s daughter, mother and or sister – treat her with the respect you would treat those.

What is your dream?

To leave the world a better place for being in it by excelling in all I take up.

Saranna in action at a scientific conference
Saranna in action at a scientific conference

Thanks Saranna xo

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