“Being a woman entrepreneur, you’re introduced to a world of hurdles and hardships. From being overlooked and considered inferior in comparison to my business partner, to being inappropriately touched by a potential investor… One person who overcame this gender barrier and who inspired me like no other is Coco Chanel. She came from nothing. Lived in a cramped room with her 4 siblings. And, in a time where women literally had no rights, she challenged the patriarchal system to build Chanel. I believe if a woman in the 19th century could rise above sexism and misogyny, then every woman in today’s world can.”

Stephanie Macwan, SMAC

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