From left to right: Shipra, Navya, Yamini, Sakshi M, Sunaina and Sakshi G
In honour of International Women’s Day, we wanted to shine a spotlight on some of the women in our team based in Delhi - all of who are women working in tech. Read on for an insight into being a woman, the tech world and how the two mix!
Did you always want to work in technology?
Sakshi M: I was always fascinated with the ease with which technology is solving our day-to-day problems and helping businesses reach a big audience and grow. Fortunately, my work gives me an opportunity to contribute towards this, particularly at Studio Graphene.
Sunaina: Technology just doesn't give me technical knowledge, it also grooms me mentally.
Sakshi G: I had to put my shoulder to the wheel and really build my coding knowledge and now I am proud of ending up in this brilliant sector
Navya: It's exciting to be in an innovative field which solves real-world problems and makes people's lives easier through software. I can change the world in a single go by being in this space.
What do you think is the best part of being a woman in the tech industry?
Rishika: Working in tech helps women to get through a lot of difficult situations and helped build their resilience.
Navya: It is a perennial learning process. Technology is growing rapidly which has forced me to go beyond my limits, come out of my comfort zone and learn something new every day. Being a lifelong learner to match up with this fast-growing industry is itself a great achievement. And believe me, it's never going to be boring.
Yamini: If a woman gets the right opportunity, she can be a great leader; regardless of whether it’s as a graceful homemaker or a skilled and accomplished technical person.
Sunaina: I love the challenge of constant change so I am constantly upgrading myself. This constant quest for knowledge keeps me driven and engaged, and has taught me to be self-dependent and confident.
Shipra: Because historically there are few women in this industry and some cases of injustice in the past, I feel that now the current situation has become better for women and they sometimes get benefit out of it.
What do you think is difficult for women working in tech?
Sunaina: It has been difficult and wonderful; difficult because some of the top management people may choose males over females to handle projects, and there can be salary discrepancies. But wonderful because these daily challenges have made me stronger, and given me a zeal for proving my worth to others.
Sakshi M: There is a lot of awareness these days about the gender gap we have in the industry and people now are helping women progress or move forward in their career. So I don’t think things are that difficult these days, but I have seen my female friends complaining of inequality, discrimination and lack of support.
Rishika: Unfortunately, others have this perception that women often are not confident and underestimate their skills. So, because of this the survival in tech for a women becomes difficult sometimes.
Sakshi G: Women in male-dominated fields often lack self-confidence and suffer from feelings of inferiority. What makes the tech sector sexist is the assumption by some men (not all) that women didn't earn their position, that they were given an unfair advantage.
Woman are quickly judged as “too aggressive” when we exhibit the same behaviours as men.
Garima: Nothing is difficult if we are passionate! We are problem solvers to others. We can solve our problems too.
Shipra: With this vigorous industry, the most difficult part is work and life balance. What I feel is that when we try to catch up with office, the family suffers and vice versa. Also, the working hours are longer than any other industry. And if you are working onto a project, it also kind of becomes your baby and need equal attention.
Do you notice a lack of women working in technology?
Navya: Yup, definitely there is a gender gap in the tech field and even the statistics say so. This can be due to poor work-life balance which might discourage women from continuing in this field. Lack of role models can also be one of the reasons for not finding enough strength to contribute to this space.
Sakshi G: Yes, for sure. There’s no doubt this is a complicated problem, and there is no one solution. To increase the number of women in tech, we need to think both short term and long term and break down the walls that institutionally keep women out.
Garima: Yes, definitely. From the past decade, this figure has increased for sure but the ratio is still 20:80. We have to go a long way.
Yamini: Nowadays we see more women joining the technical industry, but I still feel there is male dominance at the higher and management roles.
If you could give some advice to a woman looking to work in tech, what would it be?
Sakshi M: I am really hooked onto one of Michelle Obama’s quotes – “You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.”
Garima: You need not create a door, it already exists, you just go there, pick and deliver. It is a world of infinite possibilities and equal opportunities!
- Be proactive when looking for opportunities.
- Create your own technical growth.
- Take feedback from others and accept failures to grow.
- Always upgrade yourself with new technologies
- Technology sector builds woman more confident and imaginary and as being a woman I know we are good in imaginations. So we should use our imagination power in the tech sector.
Sakshi G: my best advice would be a gathering of tidbits that other mentors (some women and some not) have been generous enough to share with me over the course of my career:
- People treat you how you teach them to treat you.
- You don’t get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate.
- Results have no gender.
Yamini: Believe in yourself and stay open to learning new things. There might be some bumpy roads on the way but it’s all worth it.
Navya: Stand out of the crowd. Take each day as a challenge to achieve something more, something new. Just go for it without giving it a second thought. Pull your socks up to set an example in this field. There are a lot of options available, you just need to put a step forward. And always remember that "Results have no gender".
Shipra: I would advise the woman that if you have the zeal for technology to keep yourself updated as this is the only industry where updates are constantly happening - if you stick with old working methodologies and frameworks then you might land up becoming outdated! A client also prefers to use technology that is hot and happening in the market. Other advice would be: prepare yourself for handling pressures. Keep smiling. Never lose your patience. Good Luck!
The advice from my side will be:
1.Believe in equality as women have same potential to work as men.
2.Dispel outdated perceptions that women cannot work well as compared to men.
3.Focus on what you love doing.
4.Be passionate about your work.
5.Speak up when things seems unfair.
6.Believe in yourself.