Today, we’re excited to celebrate International Women’s Day. Though it wasn’t recognized formally by the United Nations until 1975, International Women’s Day has been celebrated yearly since the early 1900s.
What started as a single march in New York City in 1908 – where more than 15,000 women took to the streets to demand better pay and voting rights – has evolved into a global celebration. On this day, we acknowledge the achievements of women everywhere, and reflect on the work that remains to be done in order to move gender parity forward.
We asked a number of women at Invoice2go – from Engineering, Design, Marketing, Product and more – to share the achievements they’re proud of, and to talk about what International Women’s Day is all about for them.
Here’s what they had to say:
What’s an accomplishment that you’re proud of?
“Being a woman in tech is thrilling, and I’m proud I’ve been been able to build my career in software testing. I love that I can work with so many different teams and share my knowledge and passion for the importance of quality in building great software.” – Dya, Engineering
“Being a mother is my greatest achievement of my life. My kids have changed my life in the most beautiful and unexpected ways and helped me grow into someone I am very proud of today.” – Shelly, Customer Support
“Building relationships with so many talented, optimistic and caring people in the tech industry.” – Lynne, Organization Development
What does International Women’s Day mean to you?
“It is a day of reflection and appreciation for the strong supportive women and men who have provided me with many opportunities to pursue my dreams both personally and professionally.” – Sindoora, Design Research
“To me, this is a day to honor the enlightenment values of human dignity and freedom, to celebrate the progress we’ve made, and to fight so that all people, across the globe, have basic liberty.” – Lynne, Organization Development
“It is a day that is specifically set aside to recognize all women on earth for their achievements with no boundaries. I feel a sense of connection and pride!” – Shelly, Customer Support
What are the IWD themes that still need greater awareness in your opinion?
“I’d like to see more women in leadership positions. I want to hear more about their success stories, and see more of their influence in action.” – Dya, Engineering
“Pay equality. Iceland became the first country to make it illegal to pay men more than women, and I think we should follow foot.” – Kelly, Design
“The pay gap between mothers and fathers (rather than between women and men). With a drastic difference between maternity and paternity leave entitlements, it’s much harder for dads to take time off work. This perpetuates stereotypical gender family roles as the default becomes for dads to return to work to further their careers and be the main breadwinner whilst women stay at home to care for the children.” – Brigitte, People Operations
As a woman working in a male dominated industry, what resources or relationships are important to you?
“I always love hearing women’s success stories. Doesn’t have to be on a large scale; even if it’s just within my team/department/company, I hear that someone’s stepped up and praised by others makes me feel inspired to do the same. We should be more comfortable sharing our achievements, even small ones.” – Daphne, Engineering
“Being part of a team, a community, a company that operationalizes inclusive culture and equality. I am on a team that encourages, supports and challenges each other to collaborate outside our team, work hard and celebrate our successes together.” – Sindoora, Design Research
“Hearing from female leaders in the tech industry has impacted me more than I expected. Whether it’s women I’ve met through Invoice2go, meetups or networking events, I am constantly inspired by the stories and advice they have to share.” – Brigitte, People Operations
How can we solve the gap of men vs women in the tech industry? How can we encourage more women to join?
“Something ‘simple’ that we can try to do is to stop saying that it’s a men’s field or a male-dominated field, especially around young girls. Even if we don’t mean anything bad by it, some girls would take it as ‘it’s not for me.’” – Daphne, Engineering
“The gap of men vs women in the tech industry could be narrowed perhaps if parents enlisted their girls at an early age to explore activities related to tech that is typically habited by boys. This would boost their confidence in seeking college education and careers in tech.” – Shanthi, Design
“Encourage girls to learn about coding at a young age, and give them hands-on experience building cool things they can get excited about. When I was going to school, software engineering didn’t even feel like an option for me. I know this has changed dramatically, but the more we can level the playing field for kids when they are young, the better.” – Nina, Marketing