This is a great question and something that is definitely important to think and have dialogues about.
I am a WOC from Cape Town, South Africa working in NYC. I have faced challenges due to race and gender inequality along the way - but I have not allowed them to define who I am or what I am capable of doing. I work in a field that I enjoy and have a keen interest in - as we all should strive to do. This is always a good starting point - to enjoy and have an interest in what it is you do.
A few things to keep in mind as you begin to build your successful career:
- Do not focus on the inequalities that exist in the world. Be conscious of them, but do not let them define who you are or what you can do.
- Be the best you can be, at what you choose to do.
- Look for companies who has values and ethics which align with yours, as this will be the daily environment you find yourself in. Ask questions in interviews about the companies view on diversity and initiatives they have in place surrounding it.
- Work smartly, listen attentively, ask questions and accept feedback
- Know that there will be challenges along the way, but also that you have family, friends and support structures who can help you overcome those challenges - your HR team, women/gender/religious organizations etc.
I hope this helps.