#iumienwomenmoversandshakers: Fey Saechou

I think the most significant barrier to Mien female leadership is the gender gap between men and women in our Mien communities. In our Mien communities, men are still expected to be the leader. However, I believe as more women pursue higher education, they will rise to be an example and lead our Mien communities to recognize, value, and honor our women leaders. We as a newer generation need to value our sons and daughters EQUALLY. One event that helped shape my life was passing the California NCLEX exam for a nursing license, which then led me to secure a job as a registered nurse. The toughest decision I made that impacted my life most was leaving my first nursing job at Stanford Hospital and moving to Sacramento. This move made quite an impact in my life because it brought me back to my side of the family and allowed me to work at UC DAVIS Hospital, which opened and provided opportunities for me to provide care to our Mien patients. The biggest accomplishment that I am proud of is being a registered nurse. If there is a young girl who wants to do or accomplish a goal, I would encourage her to work hard and follow her aspirations. I would also encourage her to remember and believe in the saying “it takes a village to raise a child”.   If anyone would like to reach out to me, I am more than happy to respond via text, phone calls, and e-mail. 916-704-7944 fey_saechou@yahoo.com

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