doctors, lawyers and pharmacists. But for the most part working women are generally pitied and perceived as needing to work to make ends meet. To this day, even though she is a selfmade millionaire, her mother who now also lives in Canada and her sister back in Jordan pity her “needing to work” as they see it and wonder why she doesn’t re-marry so that she can stop stressing and worrying about work. But being a pampered, stay-at-home wife is not in Tahani’s nature. While she chooses to work even though she doesn’t need to, her direction has recently changed from real estate investment to motivational speaking and becoming a published author. Learning from her own experiences and accomplishments, her speaking engagements enable her to empower other women, no matter what their background, helping them achieve the same success she has. Her real estate investment help book, published in January 2012, is aimed at helping women as well as men learn to invest in real estate. Asked if she thought she would have followed the same career path if she had remained in Jordan, she believes that being a realtor would not have been possible. “Over there, real estate (and investing) is a man’s world,” she insists. Religion (she’s a Muslim) and culture do not permit women to be alone with men other than their husbands or other family members. “Men make the purchasing decision when it comes to real estate, and women cannot take a male to view a house, so being a realtor would not have been an option,” she explains, so publishing a book on real estate investing would probably also be out of the question. Work for Tahani, as well as life in gen-
Tahani Aburaneh eral, has been quite different here in Canada compared with her female counterparts in Jordan. “Many things that Canadian women take for granted, like living independently, driving their own car, running their own business and travelling the world, are not possible for most women in Jordan,” she admits. She knows she is lucky to not just live and work here but to thrive, and her goal now is to motivate other women to do the same. “I was meant to be in Canada living in this land and doing what I’m doing here,” says Tahani, with a big smile. Her nieces want to be “just like Aunty.” As she leaves for her next appointment, wearing her western style clothes, manicured nails and beautifully coiffed hair, it is evident that she is paving the way for a younger generation of women to follow in her footsteps.
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Published on Dec 1, 2011
Published on Dec 1, 2011
In the 2011Winter issue of Powerful Women Magazine, you can read about international women, their challenges and accomplishments. Find tips...