Hussain has witnessed the girls in her program grow into bold and courageous young women. “There’s a huge benefit to offer girls the chance to be physical for health reasons,” she says. “But one of the greatest things we’re doing is breaking the stereotype that girls shouldn’t have self-confidence. Soccer can help build that self-confidence on the field, which enables them to go out into the world and break other gender stereotypes that girls in Pakistan face.”
As Lori Lindsey, a former member of the US women’s national soccer team suggested, "Instead of writing about why women don’t receive coverage, they should just use that space to cover women’s sports!”
Fueled by her own personal experiences of sexism and ageism in the industry, Okmin saw where she could use her own journey to help others. Since founding Galvanize in 2012, she has poured herself into it, building a community of young women eager to make their mark in the sports world.