She Had to Choose Her Career Over Her Parents
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As a kid, Olga loved writing and developed a passion for journalism. But her parents, immigrants from the former U.S.S.R., strongly opposed her choices, fearing the financial prospects were slim. Long-standing arguments created a rift in their relationship that grew worse over time—leading her to choose between her calling and her family.  In this episode, Juleyka also speaks with a career coach about how feminist women can negotiate and find common ground with our parents.


Our expert this week is Cynthia Pong, a feminist career coach for women of color. You can visit her website here and learn about her book here. If you loved this episode, be sure to check out She Loves Her Work, Her Parents Don't Get It and Struggling to Become More than a Dutiful Daughter.

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