International Women's Day for me is a day of awareness as well as a celebration of how far we've all come. It's a day to bring to light the issues we are facing trying to build a balanced world and encourages us to have conversations with one another on what we think we as an individual can do to help. As much reflection as we do and talk about ways to improve, it is still a day for celebration. We have made it so far through the help of all those who fought for us and paved the way; for all the hard work they went through, we need to celebrate our achievements. The day is also a day for encouragement. We should all feel empowered to have our voice heard and encourage us to become mentors and leaders. I'm excited for International Women's Day because it's a day to celebrate, inspire and reflect.
The balance for better starts at a young age. I believe working with our younger generation will set us up for success in the future and drive a positive attitude. Currently I see the problem being that diversity being a "number", I don't want us to be working towards meeting a specific quota because I see that drives a negative energy throughout an organization. We need to encourage our peers and leaders to think that the balance for better starts at fixing the root cause of the problem and not quick fixes by hiring x number of people to meet a number. We don't want to be characterized like that because it takes away from the merit of a candidate. I plan to encourage my teammates become more aware of the issue and understand how the impact of a false perception or negative attitude can hurt us from building a balanced future. Volunteering with younger kids and encouraging them to feel empowered can also help our next generation to enter the workforce with a positive attitude and passion for change.
I'd like to encourage everyone to let their voice be heard, get involved and don't give up. As I said earlier, we're where we are now because of the people ahead of us paving the way and we should make it our job to continue with that mindset to set up the next generation. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or challenge the thought process of a peer because talking to others and learning from each other is how we can become better individuals.
This is a holiday to celebrate and reward for all the women who use their talent to dedicate their roles as mother, daughter, wife and professionals and more.
Make your work life balance better. Make your stress balance better. Make confidence balance better.
I am the gal who work in the business enviroment and always being interested in Technology. That's how I get involved in Women in Tech - Denver. I would agree with Manu. This is a mesage more than advise :). Dont limit yourself and go exploring more areas that you find that you are interested. I am planning to complete my first java class in next couple months.
Cheers! To the best of we!!
I am glad to share my story here and advice to all the women out there. Firstly, I am a Data Scientist at Visa. And when I started my job, I was the only woman in my team among 10 other men. Initially, that felt a bit odd, was not sure what to speak when. But with supportive managers and mentors, here I am in my 3rd year 🙂
International Woman's Day is a day to celebrate a woman's individuality and tell them that there is nothing that is stopping you from doing what you like, the way you like it.
How do I plan to balance for better? Encourage more and more young girls and sparkle in them, the passion to reach heights. Not only technology, but there are so many fields out there where new inventions are possible. With women, I feel that we need that one person to tell us that- yes that is possible, take that step ahead. And so, why not do that?
My advice to the developers in technology would be to ask questions, be curious! If things are always done in one way, think why they are done in that way. Can we make it better? Look for problems around you, think of solutions. And speak up.
Good luck 🙂
Hello visa Dev community. I am Mallika and I work in the Visa Foster City office as a Senior Software Engineer
For me International Women's Day means a day to celebrate how far we as a community have come and to remind that we have to continue breaking the glass ceiling and paving a better path for all of those following after us!
Balance can be achieved when boundaries are set and achieved. And boundaries can be set when goals are planned and set. what helps is making conscious decisions to achieve these goals and strive for that balance.
Many times we set limits on ourselves unconsciously. We must all try not to limit ourselves and be curious to learn without worrying about the "what ifs"
It means thanking and celebrating all the women who have played a pivotal role in my life! They are the best jugglers, multi-taskers and filled with so much kindness to spread.
Balance at an individual level is quintessential to create an impact on the outside. To be accepting towards everyone is a trait of only a confident person and well balanced person. Thus, I think balance starts from within.
Don't be limited by the calibre of others and keep trying and learning something new everyday. The bar is always driven upwards by someone so keep trying and progress will follow.
Happy International Women's Day!
I have been in the tech industry for over 20 years. I remember the first day I walked into the Computer Science lecture theatre, I was one of about 15 women out of about 100 people there. And by the time I graduated, I was one of 4 women out of about 80 people graduated with Computer Science degree. 2 out of 4 women graduated with first class honours. I'm glad this has brought to the tech industry's attention, and we are doing something about it.
My advice for the developers in technology is to believe in yourself. If you are enjoy technology and are detemine to succeed, you can push yourself for progress in the workplace.
I am Software developer at Visa, currently trying my best to be a better full stack developer. Technology has a gender problem, as everyone knows. I work here as a Back-end developer and I still get surprising reactions from people when I say I am a back-end developer. Since you are a female, by default most of people at Visa or outside Visa who don't know anything about you just consider if I am working in a tech company either I am a front-end developer or a QA engineer. It's so annoying sometimes and raise so many questions Can't a female be Back-end Developer ? . I guess at some point the labor market has it's own circular logic: women are front-end developers or QA test engineer because they are weill to this kind of work, and we are typecasting this because women percentage is greater in this area. Here's the problem: the technology enforces a distinct gender hierarchy between front-end and back-end developement. I honestly speaking, it's difficult to strive and get promoted when working as a back-end developer. But actually the stereotype is real and the root causes are much more complicated.
I feel a single day is not enough to bolster the status of women and applaud their achivements. Yet celebrating Women's day gives us an opprtunity to create more awareness about women's issues and provide plarform for discussions. Despite being equally important in the equation of life, women of all cultures and ages had to deal with discrimination and neglect. Today's women is more aware about her rights, more empowered and reaching greater heights. She is still climbing the ladder, tumbling many times and tripped on purpose a hundred thousand times over. In an ideal world everyday is a Women's day but sadly, we do need to mark this day in our calender.
The theme for IWD 2019 is #BalanceForBetter, a nod to the growing global push for professional and social equity. We can help girls and women acheive their ambitions and create flexible cultures.
International Women's Day is a day of remembering the progress women have made and having appreciation for it as it affects us today. It is also a time to consider further ways women and men can act in continuing to make such progress.
For me, International Women’s Day means celebrating the contributions and sacrifices made by the women in my life. It reminds me to take a small break from my daily schedule and to be grateful to my mom, my teachers, my friends, my colleagues, my superiors who have collectively inspired me to be what I am today. It also reminds me that I too have a responsibility to nurture young minds. It reminds me to guide as many females as I can to not only dream about their successful future but also to strive to be the architect of their own dreams.
I think technology is a medium for #balanceforbetter. This year, I am planning to spend time with a local non-profit which helps young girls to understand the importance of STEM education. I would love to share stories about my role-models like Sheryl Sandberg, Marissa Mayer and many others; which I think is really inspirational to anyone who would like to follow a tech career.
In my workplace, I would like to be a part of the tech-sessions organized by different tech-groups. I would like to encourage others to participate in them as well. I have observed many females ignoring such opportunities due to a busy schedule or they think that such sessions are not relevant to their work. I think whatever little we understand from such opportunities creates an impact in our daily work. That also helps us to contribute better in meetings and thus improving our inclusion in critical decision-making across various tech projects.
My advice to developers in technology is talk to other developers. Not only you would learn a lot from your colleagues, it can inspire your curiosity. Attend tech-sessions, register and complete MOOC courses.
Happy Women’s Day!