by Maria Bolis, senior advisor for Private Sector Department, Oxfam America
What if you were never asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” When I was younger, I wasn’t aware that people had different expectations of girls and boys. My parents wanted me to get good grades and have a career. They never asked, “When will you get married? How many children will you have?” Instead they asked, “What are you thinking about” And “What interests you?”
I cannot help but think there is a lot we can learn from Eastern Europe when it comes to producing female talent for our technology industry.
Today is the 40th anniversary of the Sex Discrimination Act being passed in the UK and in most industries, progress has been achieved. Not least there are more women on FTSE 350 boards than ever before.
“Women are the backbone of our economy, and it is time Congress had their back,” Rep. Don Beyer said today as he announced a “Men for Women” House Caucus to promote economic growth through women’s empowerment.
When it comes to succeeding in business, perseverance and hard work go a long way. But sometimes achieving your goals means rejecting the status quo.
Growing up in Washington, D.C., Phyllis James looked to her teachers as role models. She excelled in the classroom, recognizing a solid education could help her move ahead. After college, while continuing her studies, she also realized settling for a typical career was simply not an option.
As a Hispanic woman in a male-dominated field, I've experienced firsthand how one's gender and ethnicity can create unjust roadblocks on the path to professional success. As a result, women and Hispanics are both underrepresented in the STEM industry, but I believe we can break through these barriers.
By Roxane Divol, Symantec's SVP and GM, Trust Services
Throughout my career, I have considered myself a staunch advocate for women's rights and women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). I advocate for more women in STEM not just because I believe in the potential of the STEM and tech sectors to lift millions of women and their families around the world out of poverty and dependence, but also because I feel that diversity is fuel for our future.