Ep 6: Ammarah Maqsood, Permission to Become a Feminine Philanthropist


In this episode, I interviewed Ammarah Maqsood, a human rights and gender justice activist and feminine philanthropist.

In this episode, we dived into Ammarah’s own journey of challenging the traditional paradigms and standing up for her truth as the only daughter in her South Asian family and a minority in a predominantly white neighborhood. As a female warrior goddess with the heart of an Aquarius, Ammarah shares her passion for human rights, social and gender justice and how she defined her own success as a woman of color and is redefining the world of philanthropy, wealth and power dynamics through the lens of femininity.

As we dive in conversations around gender justice, wealth decolonization and privilege, this might be an uncomfortable conversation for some. Part of discovering and living our truth is to step into the discomfort and get vulnerable.

Show details:Ammarah talks about her own upbringing in a household of 3 older brothers, defying traditional model minority ideals and the expectations on women in South Asian culture How Ammarah found her early passions for social justice and international human rights in high school How she decided to quit her law school path and carved her own path in the social impact / nonprofit sector where she did not have a blueprint and nor were there mentors of her skin color How she stood up for her authentic self despite strong opposing forces and social pressures that tried to conform her How she is redefining and leading social impact in gender and social justice, youth literacy, women empowerment and decolonizing wealth in her nonprofit career

Resources mentioned in this episode:Book: A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn Book: The Motorcyclist Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey by Che Guevera  Book: Winners Take all: The Elite Charade of Changing the World by Anand Giridharadas  Book: Decolonizing Wealth: Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance by Edgar Villanueva Article: Why philanthropy is a femininst issue  Article: What is the feminist approach to philanthropy Listen: The 1619 Project Watch: What Is Privilege?

You can get in touch with Ammarah via LinkedIn if you are interested to learn more about feminine philanthropy.

If you have any comments or feedback on what resonated with you on this episode, I’d love to hear from you! Feel free to email me at hello@permissiontobecome.com.

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