The future is tech, the future is women in tech
WE, AS WOMEN, HAVE OFTEN FACED AN UPHILL STRUGGLE WHEN MAKING THEIR WAY INTO THE IT AND TECH SECTORS. NOT ONLY IS THERE A PERCEIVED BIAS IN WORKING IN A MALE-DOMINATED INDUSTRY, BUT WE MUST FACE THE CHALLENGES OF OTHER DEMANDS AROUND WORK — SUCH AS TAKING CAREER BREAKS TO HAVE CHILDREN OR LOOK AFTER AGEING RELATIVES. THE PRESSURE OF THESE ADDITIONAL DUTIES HAVE BEEN FELT ACUTELY, AND DISPOSITIONALLY, BY US DURING THE PANDEMIC. IN FACT, STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT WOMEN HAVE SIMPLY HAD TO DO MORE. WHILE BECOMING A JILL OF ALL TRADES IS ADMIRABLE, IT’S NOT SUSTAINABLE.
The pandemic can, however, become a chime for change. Organisations must use it as an opportunity to actively re-address how they operate. Meeting the needs of women, and facilitating a doable work/life balance, has to be at the forefront of any changes made, to ensure that this sector is appealing for all.
Part of my remit is to ensure we are encouraging a diverse pool of people into the Cloudera fold. It is a mission of mine to attract more women into the sector and to showcase the amazing opportunities a career in tech can provide.
I believe women are inspired by others, so I want to share the stories of three female champions at Cloudera, from a range of backgrounds, who are paving the way for women in tech. They reveal how they ended up in their roles and what they want to see for future generations.