“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand
For more than 100 years, countries around the world have elevated and celebrated women on International Women’s Day, recognizing their achievements regardless of national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic, or political divisions.
Since then, we’ve celebrated a plethora of achievements by women. And while there’s still a ways to go to reach gender balance in governments and workplaces around the world, already there are strong calls to action and rulings to increase women’s presence in boardrooms, on executive teams, even school attendance.
At insightsoftware, we have a unique blend of women across the globe who form a strong foundation for our leadership, our technology, and every team in the organization. To celebrate International Women’s Day 2019, we asked insightsoftware women around the world to share some of their wisdom in hopes that it continues to inspire our female colleagues and peers—past, present, and future.
How has the workplace changed in favor of women’s equality since you joined the workforce?
“When I first started my career, IT was quite a male-dominated sector. Over time, there was more flexibility introduced for women to build a career without having to decide on whether they took time off to start a family.” – Keriann E. (Account Manager, Australia)
“Flexible working hours are very popular in Australia for women. I appreciate a company that understands the need to balance work and family life.” – Nicole M. (Marketing Manager, Australia)
How has the demographic of women in the workplace changed since you began your career?
“The first technology company I worked for was around 80-20 male to female; where I work now is a much more level playing field. But there is still an imbalance. More female leaders need to pave the path of leading a balanced work/personal life to make leadership roles desirable for other women.” – Caitlyn G. (Senior Solutions Engineer, U.S.)
Who is in your support network?
“My work family is a huge source of support. As a mom, there’s no shortage of illnesses, school activities, and sporting events. My managers and teammates not only offer flexibility and support, but encourage my involvement with family activities.” – Sarah G. (Events Manager, U.S.)
“My support network consists of women from around the globe: the UK, South Africa, and Australia. It’s great to be surrounded by talented, hard-working women.” – Nicole M. (Marketing Manager, Australia)
What’s the most valuable piece of career advice you’ve received from another woman?
“You don’t have to act masculine to fit in on an executive team or in the boardroom. Femininity can bring balance and draw out different ideas. It can also challenge others to think and approach problems from a new perspective. Embrace your sacred femininity.” – Lacey F. (Senior VP, U.S.)
“Four years ago, I had taken a promotion and was in the process of relocating my family from New Zealand to Australia. I was chatting with a customer about the move and she said to me, ’It’s not about the decision being right or wrong, it’s what you do when you get there that matters.’ That advice has stuck with me.” – Keriann E. (Account Manager, Australia)
What is one piece of advice you’d like to offer the next generation of women entering the workforce?
“Focus less on the fact that you’re a woman and more on doing your job to the best of your ability with as much confidence as you can muster. The truth is that if you focus on delivering results, constantly improving, and having the right attitude, the rest will fall into place.” – Missy O. (Head of Marketing, UK)
“Champion more role models! If you are in a leadership role, empower women beneath you to pursue leadership roles rather than viewing other women as competition.” – Caitlyn G. (Senior Solutions Engineer, U.S.)
“Don’t sacrifice your family for your career. The right company will see your value and give you the flexibility you need to succeed and grow.” – Nicole M. (Marketing Manager, Australia)
“At the end of the day, your work will speak for itself. If you take pride in every single task and output, no matter how big or small, it will show and people will want to work with you and promote your success.” – Lacey F. (Senior VP, U.S.)