Hi everyone! I am not a self-proclaimed feminist, but I am glad and proud to admit a few things with you which include:
A call for action through the International Women’s Day site: Today and Everyday… #BeBoldForChange and …
- I’ll challenge bias and inequality
- challenge stereotypes
- call it out when women are excluded
- monitor the gender pay gap
- point out bias and highlight alternatives
- embrace inclusive leadership
- redefine the status quo
- I’ll forge women’s advancement
- decide to buy from companies that support women
- choose to work for a progressive employer for women
- take a junior female colleague to a major meeting or event
- build conducive, flexible work environments
- mentor a woman and sponsor her goals
- invite women into situations where they’re not already present or contributing
- measure and report on gender parity gaps and keep gender on the agenda
- create new opportunities for women
- I’ll celebrate women’s achievement
- drive fairer recognition and credit for women’s contributions
- hail the success of women leaders
- applaud social, economic, cultural and political women role models
- celebrate women’s journeys and the barriers overcome
- reinforce and support women’s triumphs
- I’ll champion women’s education
- encourage more girls into STEM education and careers
- value diversity for greater educational outcomes
- support women inventors of new products and services
- celebrate women researchers discovering new knowledge
- learn to code!!!
I cannot emphasis more the last action by the way. In my belief, the future is woman but the future is also learning how to code. There are no better opportunities than entering the tech field (STEM careers) and challenge oneself to be part of the next generation who shapes the world we all live in. The mentioned actions are listed from top to bottom by increasing interests and derived from personal devotions on being bold for change. My career story reflects the changes I am striving for let it be learning engineering leadership from the entrepreneurship program at my university, applying my knowledge to the best of my ability, and teaching the skill set required for advancing women’s careers. I am proud to be part of the committee of a women’s interest group and be able to bring up challenging discussions in my workplace (male dominated environment) regarding gender bias and status quo where my management is rather supportive in these initiatives.
In fact, I just recently obtained a raised from negotiating it during my end year review and this isn’t about bragging but rather to encourage others that this sort of difficult conversations must take place for all women in order to even begin speaking about gender pay inequality as I read from various sources online that gender pay gap may come from women who do not ask for a raise or a promotion to begin with. And lastly a dear goal of mine regards education; for years I have participated in technology fairs to bring awareness to young girls about new possibilities other than societal gender defined roles in determining a girl’s career, which I completely reject. I also have taken parts (I think in my last two years of my undergrad) in programs that support teaching science in low income neighborhoods. Then, I designed hands on games to teach girls and boys about basic electrical circuit design, robotics, and programming in the context of environmental engineering.
Sometimes being bold for change doesn’t have to be marching or being all over on social media but having a global mind and acting locally to me has equal impact; I support my sisters, family members, and friends to obtain a higher education and to continue striving in male dominated field like investment finance for instance. So I also do celebrate women’s achievements in a way that suits me; I have unlimited admiration for my little sister for hating coding (I still recall her crying and calling me in the middle of the night for her broken program) and now she is entering into the workforce of financial analyst to soon become one of the best female financial investors and I have no doubt she will succeed in her endeavor. I cannot be more proud!
PS: I have some new ideas regarding a new project for teaching something (hopefully) using this blog. Hint: Empowering women 🙂
PS again…: It’s 4 am here and I have insomnia. Just wanted to jog down a few thoughts but I am now going to try to catch some zzz before having to wear sunnies inside of the office haha. Talk later!
Please participate with me today & everyday with the following call for action! How are you going to be bold?