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A Letter to My Daughter on International Women’s Day

Hassane El-Khoury is a Consulting Advisor to Cypress and Infineon.


Today is International Women’s Day – a day to celebrate the incredible achievements women all over the world have made.

As I write this letter to you, I am celebrating you – my daring five-year old daughter, but imagining you in 20 years. I marvel at your curiosity, imagination and independence. I know one day you will join the ranks of the women we acknowledge today – the women who challenge the status quo and who solve hard problems.

The day you were born, I knew I was in trouble – the good kind. The first time I held you, my world shifted and changed forever. All thoughts and decisions I made became about you. I wanted to give you the foundation you would need to become the greatest “you” possible. I wanted to be the one to show you the world, to open your eyes to all the beauty and mystery it has to offer. I wanted to experience the amazing and diverse cultures with you and help you understand that the world is much larger than you and I.

Becoming your dad brought everything into perspective. I was chosen to be your protector, teacher and champion and this has become the most important job of my life. I was privileged to play a critical part in raising a young woman who would be brave, confident, and kind and who would not be afraid to test the limits. You are analytical, quizzical and tear everything apart, just to rebuild it in your own way. You see things in ways I’ve never imagined. Your perspective makes me confident in the future.

I have loved watching you persevere. I’ve enjoyed watching you take on challenges, hit speed bumps and keep on going. You don’t stop, and I hope you never will because you need to work hard to reach your goals. Everything you want starts with you. You are strong and when the time was right, and if I did my job correctly, the world was ready for you to take the lead.

Today is not a Hallmark holiday. Today represents a movement that reminds us about the importance of gender parity. I am hopeful that by the time you are old enough to read this, you’ll laugh at the idea of gender inequality, because you live in a world where men and women are equal and everyone is treated with respect and provided an equal opportunity to shine. Otherwise, we, my generation of leaders, have failed you. And that’s on us today to make a change.

When I look at you, I see a young woman who is capable of anything and everything she puts her mind to. I know I have taught you a lot of things over the years – the most important being to always work hard; if you want to be “great”, you must give “great”. Fight for what you believe in and don’t back down from a challenge. Be strong and confident, but humble and kind. Be accepting of all people - you will learn more from others than yourself. Be brave in the face of adversity in a constantly changing world.

In the beginning, I truly wanted to be your hero. When I think about the way you have changed my life and started to make your mark on the world, I realize that you, my beautiful daughter, have become my hero.




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