Empowering Women: Advocating for Equality Beyond International Women’s Day

Empowering Women: Advocating for Equality Beyond International Women’s Day


Women in Tech Stats

As someone immersed in the tech industry since 1998, it’s time to break the silence. The recent social media activity of Inpher prompts a necessary question: Why are women still a minority in tech leadership positions?

Consider this: only 27% of tech-related jobs in the US are held by women, and a mere 23% of tech C-Suite roles in Fortune 500 companies are occupied by women. It’s no wonder that there has been a decline in women pursuing bachelor’s degrees in computer science, dropping from 37% in 1985 to 22% today. This reality, unfortunately, is not surprising, especially as we commemorate International Women’s Day. While programs like WIT, NAF, and Girls Who Code are commendable, they aren’t enough. The only noticeable change in the past decade seems to be the inclusion of various types of women in advertising campaigns – a superficial victory.

Reflecting on my travels over the past year, I’ve had time to consume media, including the limited series adaptation of Bonnie Garmus’ “Lessons in Chemistry” on AppleTV. Perhaps it’s my growing comfort in expressing myself or my decision to stop apologizing for speaking up, but the character Elizabeth Zott’s journey resonated deeply with me. Her experiences in battling sexism within an ad agency hit close to home.

Much of the bias against women in business isn’t necessarily intentional; rather, it’s ingrained in societal norms. Women’s success is often met with surprise, and their assertiveness is mistaken for emotionality. Despite my passion for sales and business operations, I’ve encountered gender bias, being told repeatedly to leave the “serious” work to someone else while my team handles the aesthetics.

Why are we hesitant to demand what we deserve? Why do we doubt our qualifications when we finally secure a seat at the table? This phenomenon is commonly known as imposter syndrome, a struggle not exclusive to women but one I, too, have grappled with. It took nearly a decade for me to openly acknowledge it, highlighting the lack of support and encouragement women often face.

On this International Women’s Day, let’s reflect on our past experiences and share our stories. Let’s advocate for change, fostering an environment where women can speak freely and assertively. It’s not just about celebrating today; it’s about advocating for equality every day. Together, let’s dismantle barriers and perceptions, ensuring a brighter future for generations to come.

I’m fortunate to work in an environment where over 60% of leadership positions are held by women, where open communication is encouraged, and where my capabilities are recognized beyond just aesthetics. Today, I am free from the shackles of imposter syndrome, empowered to contribute fully and unapologetically.