As a woman, I am familiar with the glass ceiling — but the double glass ceiling is something I have yet to experience and I am not sure I ever will.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for my guest today, Barinder Rasode. As a South Asian woman, Barinder has been subject to the barriers of the double glass ceiling all of her life. Thankfully for her, however, she is not one to give up easily.
In 2008, (yes 2008) she became the first ever female South Asian councillor in North America and in 2014 ran for mayor of the City of Surrey, which boasts one of the largest South Asian communities outside of India. While many viewed her as an obvious front-runner for the campaign, Barinder was not a fan-favourite among many of her male South Asian community members.
“I remember a girl came up to me telling me — I asked my dad to vote for you but he said he wouldn’t because you were divorced … I realized then it wasn’t about my skills or abilities or what I had done for the community, it was based on my gender and personal choices in life.”
She continues to advocate for those without a voice and to end sexism and patriarchy in the political arena. Today on the show, I join Barinder at her home in Surrey as she gets very candid talking about her political and professional experience as a South Asian female breaking through the double glass ceiling.