The Honourable Rona Ambrose: Former Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada
The #SheInnovates stories team sat down with The Honorable Rona Ambrose to discuss the role of women in innovation. Get involved at She Innovates Global.
#SheInnovates Stories: Innovation is solving the world's problems. What problem are you solving?
The Honorable Rona Ambrose: Breaking down barriers for women entering public office and encouraging them to be brave and to lead.
#SheInnovates: When did you realize your innovation was a breakthrough?
RA: When I became the youngest woman in Canadian history appointed to federal cabinet I realized I wanted to share my power to help break down barriers for other women to become leaders in public life and in business.
#SheInnovates: What were some unexpected obstacles you overcame in the innovation process?
RA: I faced a lack of support from many angles, intense media scrutiny, sexism, and intense pressure.
#SheInnovates: What inspires you to love your work?
RA: Helping other women and girls succeed inspires me. I work to create a world that is more equal and safe for women and girls, so that they can thrive.
#SheInnovates: What do you hope that young women coming behind you take from your work?
RA: I want them to be fearless and brave, and to know that myself and other women will have their backs and support them as they embark on their journeys.
#SheInnovates: Why are women in innovation important?
RA: Women bring a diversity of experience to the table, and diversity is an essential ingredient in innovation.
Interviews have been lightly edited for clarity and length.