International Women’s Day (IWD) is just around the corner and we’re very excited to be honoring and celebrating this day.
We recognize that tech has traditionally been a male-dominated industry, and see this as a chance to have honest conversations with the inspiring women who work at Skedulo and have built a successful career in tech.
This year’s IWD global theme is #BreakTheBias, and we have several internal and external initiatives to drive awareness and discussion. This is an opportune time to talk about unconscious biases and ask, “How can we break gender bias?” Here are a few ways we will do this over the coming week, as we prepare to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8.
Celebrating International Women’s Day through committing to Break the Bias
We are interviewing women from all walks of life, in countries around the world who work at Skedulo.
Our goal is to find out about their experience building a career in the tech world, their role models, challenges, inspiration, advice to other women who are entering a male-dominated industry, and what International Women’s Day means to them.
Learn everything you can about the industry. You got to know it better than the people around you. And trust that. Trust what makes you different is good.Pamela Rausis. Global Project Enablement Manager - San Francisco
Be respectful, supportive, and stand up for women in your home, society, and your workplace. And be mindful about unconscious biases that you may have that limit women to live to their fullestUyen Nguyen. Technical Product Manager - Ho Chi Minh
It’s the opportunity. It’s giving them the space and giving them the time to do it. I think in the workplace, a lot of things will fall onto men and there’s a lot of room to actually consider women who are in that position as well.Laura Przybek. Director of Marketing - London
Bring your gifts and talents and be confident. So many times I hear women apologizing for themselves or second guessing themselves. Learn and grow all you can to better understand how to navigate that world and make an impact.Jeanne Mariani. EVP of Finance - San Francisco
I met challenges head on, and that provided me with an incredible opportunity to make a positive impact in any situation.Hannah Jessop. Project Manager - Brisbane
On March 8, we will hold a panel event to showcase the contributions and achievements of several women at Skedulo. Discussions will also focus on this year’s theme of #BreakTheBias, so we can understand the panelist’s perspective on how bias presents itself and what can be done to remove it.
Our CEO Matt Fairhurst, who is an active supporter of empowering women to enter and succeed in tech roles, will kick off the event.
Continuing the conversation
As well as our internal #BreakTheBias commitment, we will be sharing our experiences and thoughts on social media to elevate International Women’s Day and raise awareness for this year’s theme.
It’s a day that aligns closely with Skedulo Heart and our values, and connects with other initiatives we have engaged in over the years including UNIQ You and the Deloitte & Salesforce Talent Alliance Digital Compass program.
All of us have an opportunity to help close the gender equality gap. I hope you will join me during International Women’s Day in acknowledging the achievements of women and engaging in conversations which challenge gender bias and stereotypes.
And why we choose to celebrate Women's day
Unfortunately, we know from experience that many people have a hard time believing women. We wanted you to know that we didn't make any of this up — the sources for all facts cited in the video are listed below. We encourage you to learn more about these issues:
- Because we literally have to change our voices to sound more like men in order to be heard.
- Because technology that is designed by and for men can end up having dire consequences for women.
- Because only 6% of Fortune 500 CEOs are women.
- Because women-dominated professions, like teaching and nursing, are perpetually undervalued and underpaid.
- Because in the U.S., women are paid 82 cents on the dollar compared to men.
- Because the U.S. has never elected a woman as president… and some people still don't think a woman could win.
- Because in the U.S. women spend an hour and a half longer each day on unpaid labor than men do.
- 1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual violence, according to estimates from the World Health Organization.
- Girls are more likely than boys not to go to school and never to learn to read.
- Across the world, women do three times as much unpaid care work as men do.
- In some areas, the preference for sons over daughters is still so strong that female foeticide and infanticide are considered viable solutions.
- Across the world, women are disproportionately affected by the negative impacts of climate change.
- And millions of girls continue to be impacted by child marriage, married off before their 18th birthdays.
- Because gender diverse teams perform better.
- Because when more women work, economies grow.
- Because women are key to building a sustainable future — for us all.
Diversity and Inclusion are key at Thales- here's how they're making a difference
International Women's Day, organized across the world on March 8, is an opportunity for Thales to highlight its commitment to the employment, development and engagement of women in the company. This year, within the Group, over 50 events are taking place in more than 20 countries.
At Thales, diversity and inclusion are both key to foster creativity and innovation through a greater variety of approaches, perspectives and ideas.
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March 8th 2018
International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. We're using this day to celebrate women in tech who've made great strides to conquer gender parity and forge technology that's changed the way we live our lives today.
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