As we celebrate International Women’s Day today, we also celebrate the hardworking women who have broken down barriers and glass ceilings in the tech industry.
The tech industry has created millions of tech jobs worldwide since the digital revolution began. Despite making up half of our population, women are considerably still under-represented in the tech industry. We need to ensure that women can participate equally in the growth of technology to close a gender digital divide.
Gender disparity has been a hot topic in present-day conversations and debates. We have been fighting and striving for gender equality and it shows. Women have overcome a variety of barriers in the tech industry such as lack of empowerment, concerns about reproductive health and a feeling of “imposter syndrome” in a male-dominated industry.
The profitability benefits of inclusivity and diversity awareness have encouraged more businesses to consider their importance. More than one-third of businesses have now explicitly positioned themselves as inclusive environments. Some organisations have even committed to a 50/50 gender balance to provide more opportunities for females. According to HoneyPot’s 2018 Women in Tech Index, Australia now has 28% of women working in tech, the second highest percentage behind Bulgaria.
LEAP Dev is proud to support such a diverse and inclusive workplace. We asked some of the ladies at LEAP Dev to shed some light into what it’s like to be a female working in IT.
“The LEAP Dev women have their head in the cloud, feet on the ground… wearing better shoes though!”
– Parinaz Saadat, Software Engineer
“The susceptibility of being uneasy with your skills is an indication of learning, and constant learning is what the tech industry thrives on. It’s imperative to seek out business surroundings such as the culture at LEAP Dev, where you are supported and have the chance to step out of your comfort zone and learn new things.”
– Farhana Khan, Product Adoption Specialist
“I work in IT because I like what I do. I don’t think it matters if you’re male or female.”
– Maddy Dey, Software Engineer
“At LEAP Dev, everyday is a Women’s day. We are a team and perform in our own ways each day and being a woman doesn’t make it different.”
– Afreen Munawwar, Software Engineer
“The opportunities for women in Tech is limitless. Since being a little girl, playing with a PC running DOS with 8MB memory, I’ve always dreamt of cutting code, and I never hesitated to pursue it. LEAP has empowered me in so many ways; the diversity, sense of inclusion, ownership and recognition has been remarkable! There is a quote on the wall at work, from a mid 80’s movie, ‘Back to-the-Future’; “Where we’re going, we don’t need roads”. As a woman, I embrace this so much, and think that we as women can encourage and empower each other to make an amazing impact on the future of tech.”
– Sharon Wijesinghe, Business Intelligence Engineer
Also published on Medium.