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Inspiring Women in STEM this International Women's Day

Article by Noha Badawy, Data Scientist at Dataiku

women in tech, soft skillsInternational Women’s Day is a time to celebrate the fantastic accomplishments of women around the world.

Some of these female role models may have what seem like unobtainable achievements or almost unimaginable skills and talent, however, all of these women started off just like you and me.

As a career path and as an industry, data science and its associated opportunities are growing at such an unprecedented rate, that it can often be difficult to keep on top of everything that is happening, as well as every new technology popping up. However, as quickly as the sector is progressing, there’s a divide in that women data scientists are not entering and moving up through the field at the same pace as men.

Encouraging more women to apply for data science roles and transition to data science as a career is something I am very passionate about. It may seem an intimidating field, but what’s amazing is the number of people who came to data science from other fields: after all, we’re all consuming and interacting with data science at a much higher level than we probably realise.  I hope my own journey into data science can inspire other women to consider whether it’s a career for them, and that they receive the same motivation and encouragement I have received from my team along the way.

The Wakeup Call I Needed to Pursue a Career in STEM

As I started my studies, I thrived on studying anything that was put in front of me, however, when it came to choosing a degree and a career path, I initially put my interest in computer science aside and chose a business and accounting role. However, while working in project coordination for senior executives, which involved following up on some data projects actions and progress, I asked one of the team members for advice and they responded with information I didn’t understand. This was the wakeup call I needed to pursue a career in STEM.

It was in this moment that I realised that there was nothing stopping me from retraining as a data scientist and becoming the person who could understand what my colleague was trying to explain. Computer science had always been my original passion, and I decided that now was the time to embark on the master’s degree that would give me the knowledge and the skillset I needed to pursue that passion.

I already had basic knowledge of statistics and maths, but the evening classes for my master’s degree went much deeper. I grew up in Egypt, so the maths and statistics I covered in school were in Arabic. It initially felt like starting over and relearning from the beginning, but eventually it clicked. I graduated with a master’s degree in Business Intelligence and Analytics, which covered statistics, mathematics, data mining, machine learning, business and risk modelling.

It was from here that I shifted my concentration to more of a data science focus and began teaching myself Python, before beginning a full-time data science role. Now in this role, I focus on training and coaching. This not only includes demonstrating to others how to use the platform, but also teaching the art of data science. For me, this includes simplifying the concepts that I need to explain and finding relevant examples to help people understand. I also motivate participants to have the belief that data science isn’t out of their reach.

My own learning did not stop there, though. With the advancement of new technology, it’s important to keep up with the rapidly changing landscape. However, diversity in the data science industry is not necessarily advancing at the same pace. Most applicants for data science roles are men, which shows that many women are reluctant to take risks and apply for roles that they do not feel 100% ready for. More women need to be encouraged to step out of their comfort zones and to pursue their passion or a career that they did not initially consider to be for them.

One way to encourage more women into STEM roles is to cut out the negativity and noise that questions whether women can code, or if something is too technical. Many people are positive and helpful when it comes to women in data science, yet a large portion can still fuel the negativity and stereotypes around STEM being a male-dominated industry.

Because of this, it’s important to be relatable. For those looking to enter a data science – or similar – role, it is helpful to recognise that even the most experienced STEM professionals don’t fully understand new concepts first time around. Sometimes it takes watching several tutorials before the information is digestible.

Attending events and joining discussions can help to break down those barriers and to show women that there are many role models out there. My key piece of advice for a woman looking to enter the STEM sector is for them to recognise that they are just like everyone else with a passion to learn and develop their skills, so it is best to follow your intuition and ignore the sometimes negative and dismissive opinions of others.

About the author

Noha started her career at Barclays bank in Cairo as a Customer Banking Business Support Manager before progressing into a Data Visualisation and Data Science Role. At Dataiku, Noha is an accomplished Data Scientist with training in Machine Learning, Operational Research, Big Data, Business Simulation, Data Mining and Python.

In addition to her own achievements and challenges encountered in her career to date, Noha is passionate about giving advice to companies on building inclusive environments and how to best address the main difficulties encountered by women in tech today.

Tackling the data industry as a 19-year old apprentice

Kardelen Keskin

I was always undecided about my career and at one point, after receiving my GCSE results, I contemplated becoming a dentist.

While my test results may have proven that I was a suitable fit for this industry in secondary school, I wasn’t certain that this route was for me, so after my A-levels I decided to try a non-traditional career path. At 19, I enrolled with Creative Pioneers, a national apprenticeship programme in advertising, creative and digital, for a data analyst role at Mindshare. Though it was a shock to many family and friends for reasons you may imagine, I was confident that hands-on learning was the path for me.

I’ll be honest, my apprenticeship knowledge was vague. I anticipated joining at intern level, working on meaningless, administrative tasks, but I was quickly proven wrong. I was given autonomy soon after joining Mindshare with the opportunity to develop my own projects and even speak with clients. When I think back to these first few weeks, I often ponder what it would have been like to go to university. Would I have been creating and implementing projects for some of the world’s top digital brands? Likely not. I also know for a fact that I would not be working as a full-time employee, because I would still be in my second year of higher education. It is moments like these that make me appreciate the opportunity I have been given by Creative Pioneers, and needless to say I’m an advocate for apprenticeships.

Whilst the fast-paced, ever-changing media environment posed a challenge at first, I was keen to progress my career quickly from the moment I joined Mindshare. Even though I chose an apprenticeship in data, I don’t feel stuck in this industry because of the diverse set of skills I have acquired in my programme. I feel empowered to continue progressing in my current role, though I know my avenues are not restricted should I decide to change industries in the future.

Working in the data team at Mindshare has been incredibly inspiring, and a day like International Women’s Day makes that apparent. It may come as a surprise to some that the majority of my team are female. Together we’re constantly thinking of ways to innovate through technology, paving the way for future generations while also hoping to reduce the stigma for females working in data and technology.

Speaking of stigmas, there are certainly some that exist about apprenticeships, but I would not change my journey for anything. I feel more equipped to handle complex issues in and outside of work, and I feel empowered to take full control over my career regardless of the direction it may take. It’s rewarding to have a career route established at just 20 years old, because when I think of friends who chose to go to university, I know they are still a few years away from this stage of life.

For those curious about upskilling in their current role or exploring a route other than university, apprenticeships are a really strong option, such as the one I’ve done with Creative Pioneers. I can see from my experience as an apprentice that we’re helping to diversify the workforce, which is really rewarding in itself!

About the author

After completing her A-levels Kardelen Keskin decided she didn’t want to follow the traditional university route and was more interested in hands-on experience in a fast-paced environment. She parked her plan of becoming a dentist and applied for a data analyst role at Mindshare which she will complete in March 2020. The fast-paced and constantly evolving media environment was a challenge but has provided essential experience and allowed Kardelen to advance quickly.

International Women’s Day – a time to reflect on diversity and opportunity

DiversityThe technology sector has opened so many opportunities for me to live, work and meet people from countries across the globe, from Australia, Malaysia and India to the USA and UK. 

I’ve crossed paths with talented people of diverse skillsets – some are highly strategic, whilst others are more operational or technical; some are even lucky enough to boast a mixture of all of these talents. The diverse nature of the technology sector means that there are a wide range of people and jobs in the industry. To work your way to the top you have to constantly learn and stay ahead of the change sweeping the industry.

Despite the abundance of talent in the technology industry, I think it’s also important to recognize the lack of diversity. Women hold less than 25% of technology jobs and less than 5% of leadership positions in technology companies. And only 1% of funding goes to female-led startup companies. International Women’s Day is a great opportunity to reflect on the achievements of women and to highlight what can be done to improve diversity in business and inspire positive change.

Asserting positive change

Gender diversity challenges for women in sectors like technology can start at a young age. Female school and university students are much less likely to select technology as a course or a career, often influenced by the perception of the industry. This trend continues to have a knock-on effect on businesses. It is not unusual to get hundreds of applications for a technology position and only a few of the applicants to be women. It is also not unusual to be presented with a short list of candidates with no women on the list.

But there are things we can do. We can proactively suggest technology careers to females – often they don’t even know it is an option. We can help students understand what a career in technology might look like, and show them role models that they can relate to. If you’re in a position to employ people, you can ensure that you are accounting for diversity: “who are the female candidates for this course/job/team/project/promotion?” If these questions do not give you the answers you’re looking for, it’s down to you and your team to implement changes to attract more females into the business.

For example, last September, Amdocs management set a goal to raise the overall representation of women across the company by 20% in three years. The gender diversity program focuses on recruiting strategies, setting internal goals for the representation of women across the entire managerial chain in major Amdocs business units. This includes the adjustment of company policies (parental leave, flexible hours and more), the integration of recruitment and promotion strategies aiming to create a pipeline of women that are qualified for promotion, the provision of mentoring and coaching for women and diversity training for all management.

As a woman in a senior leadership role in a technology company, I consider myself fortunate to be given a global platform to discuss the issues that I’m passionate about. Not every woman, in similar positions, are promoted as the voice for the company, particularly when it comes to discussing technical issues, a role that is traditionally given to men. If businesses, either intentionally or unintentionally, do not place women as figureheads for a company, it can create a negative public perception, a gap in role models for the next generation of workers and lead to a bigger diversity gap across a business. Women is senior positions who are provided with a platform to share their views should try and use this opportunity to drive positive change across their respective industries.

Progress is being made

It's pleasing to see businesses in the UK supporting flexible working arrangements, which includes flexible hours, working from home, and four day a week full-time employment. These opportunities are increasingly available across an entire organization, including senior leadership positions. Appreciating that both women and men can work flexibly whilst doing their jobs effectively is an important step towards creating better diversity.

I am encouraged to see the progress in some Nordic countries, where maternity and paternity leave is divided equally between parents. Being on leave for nine months to a year can result in women falling behind their peers in training, development and promotion. If companies can encourage men and women to share leave equally, it can give women equal opportunities to progress at work and also gives men the same opportunities as women to raise their families. It would be great to see initiatives like this being introduced more broadly in business worldwide.

Learn from the best

One piece of advice that I often give to both my female and male peers who are aspiring to be leaders, is to network as much as possible and build relationships with successful people around them. Don’t be afraid to ask your peers how they’ve risen to the position they’re in, and how they’ve overcome challenges in their career. This advice can be invaluable. Asking for what you want can’t be overvalued – whether it’s for help or even a promotion – if you’re confident and direct in your ambitions, you are much more likely to get to where you want to be, faster. Many people may feel uncomfortable with this direct approach, but try to remember that most of your colleagues will want to see you succeed and will do what they can to help this to happen.

Angela LogothetisAbout the author

Angela Logothetis is the CTO of Amdocs Open Network. She has worked at Amdocs for 10 years and is also a non-executive board director of EXFO, the global leader in fibre optic test and measurement, and a technology advisor to an ecosystem of technology companies. Working in a technical role in a male dominated technology industry, she has had to contend with female representation and diversity challenges throughout her career and is always eager to pass on her learnings.

Vodafone #ChangeTheFace

Vodafone launches industry-wide initiative to improve diversity within the tech sector

Vodafone #ChangeTheFace

Vodafone has launched an industry-wide initiative to improve diversity and represenation within the tech sector.

Ahead of International Women's Day, Vodafone has announced #ChangeTheFace, calling on technology leaders to join and make a pledge to increase diversity and equality in the sector.

An international survey among 8,000 people highlights the need for change across the industry. When asked to describe technology as a person, the majority of respondents answered that the person would be young, white, middle-class and mostly male.

The survey also found that only 13 per cent of women in the UK, 18 per cent in Ireland, and 20 per cent in Germany think jobs in tech are for people like them.

The #ChangeTheFace initiatives aims to build a community of individuals and organisations who can be a force for positive change within the industry. Ericsson and Nokia are the first to join Vodafone in making their pledges.

Nick Read, CEO of Vodafone Group Plc. said, "#ChangeTheFace is Vodafone's commitment to improving our diversity and inclusion at Vodafone."

"We are urging the technology industry to act now so we build a digital future that reflects society and works for everyone."

By signing up at www.change-the-face.com, individuals can make their own pledge to address inequalities and eradicate bias and discrimination in the sector. The launch will kick-start an ongoing programme of activity, includig an inaugural, industry-wide #ChangeTheFace awards in 2021, to recognise champions of inclusion.

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Advancing Your Career as a Woman in Tech

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Wendy Johansson, GVP, Experience Transformation Lead, Publicis Sapient

Advancing your career as a woman in tech isn’t as simple as the merits of your work. Aside from your work, you’ll need 3 components to empower yourself to succeed: Confidence, Community, Continuity.

Confidence is a long and drawn subject, but one way to “fake it until you make it” with career confidence is being able to quantify and qualify the value of your work. You may have doubts about the impact you have or feel impostor syndrome on a daily basis, but the nice part of tech roles is that the data is often there for you to tell a story. What major projects did your work influence? What value do those projects have to the company? How would you demonstrate the improvement in quality or quantity of your work over time? Tell your story and you’ll find the natural confidence that comes with the data.

Community is an important advantage to stave off the isolation and self-doubt that minority demographics face in an often monotype tech environment. Joining a community of mentors, peers, and potential mentees allows you to learn from the women who have paved the path before you, the women who are walking alongside you, and the women looking up to you. A community isn’t available at your company? Grab coffee or go for a walking 1:1 with female colleagues and get to know them and their stories. Don’t gatekeep your community to other women in tech roles, but open your network up to all women around you in your tech career – from marketing to sales to operational roles. Create your own tribe.

Continuity is building the muscle memory – you wouldn’t go to the gym once and expect long-term benefits. Even after a particular instance of advancing your career, such as a promotion or a new job, you need to keep practicing Confidence and Community. Quantifying and qualifying the value of your work becomes natural if you set regular checkpoints with yourself. Monthly goals? Weekly task lists checked off? This muscle will help you ease into a stronger sense of confidence in your tech career. Continuity of community is just as important. If you leave a company, or even move to a new city, keep in touch with the tribe you’ve built. They’ve seen you grow and surpass challenges, so their advice and perspectives will always be most holistic and inclusive of your journey.

About the author

Wendy built her 25-year career on leading UX teams as an early employee at successful early-stage startups. She was the first designer at Loopt, Sam Altman’s YC-funded startup that later sold for $43 million. As the UX manager at Ooyala, she helped build the marketing, videography, and UX teams before the company were sold to Telstra for $400M. Wendy also led the global UX team at AppNexus, sold to AT&T for $1.6B, before joining Wizeline.

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How to celebrate International Women's Day at work?

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Women’s equality has made positive gains but the world is still unequal. International Women’s Day celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women while focusing global attention on areas requiring further action.

Each year International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on 8th March, with the first day being held in 1911. Thousands of events occur to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. Organisations, governments, charities, educational institutions, women’s groups, corporations and the media celebrate the day.

This year’s theme is #EachForEqual – which looks to celebrate women’s achievements, to raise awareness against bias and to take action for equality.

Below, we've rounded up a number of ways both you as an employee and your employer can celebrate International Women's Day. Companies and organisations can also find lots of resources to support their International Women's Day activities on the IWD website.

Join a women's network

Like it or not, networking is important for all our careers.

Unless you are a natural extrovert, stepping into a room full of strangers and explaining your business away can often feel daunting. Nevertheless, done the right way, it can also be extremely rewarding both from a commercial and personal development perspective.

Quite simply, any professional with an ounce of ambition regardless of their sector, and across the board, will need to network in some shape or form for the duration of their career if they are to get on in business. For women specifically, networking is often still an intimidating and uncomfortable experience for many, however.

Here at WeAreTechWomen, we have a number of articles and resources for those looking for advice on how to network, where to find networks and how to get the most of it. You can find a small selection of such articles below:




We've also developed our very own Network's Directory, which houses hundreds of different networks across a variety of sectors.

Purchase a ticket for a female team member to attend the WeAreTechWomen Tech Summit North in Manchester on 30 June

WeAreTechWomen, in partnership with Women in Business Expo North is excited to be launching its first women in tech summit in Manchester on 30 June.

Women in Business Expo North is the No.1 free to attend business event for women in the UK. It is a clarion call to all women looking for new opportunities in business and work, and it is coming to Manchester’s iconic venue, Manchester Central.

This year, WeAreTechWomen will be hosting the tech zone of Women in Business Expo North. We will be kicking off the event with our brand new Women in Tech Summit aimed at women working in and around the technology industry, who are looking to expand their knowledge of emerging technologies and accelerate their careers.

This flagship event will bring to our stage some of the brightest minds and tech industry leaders from all over the country to share their knowledge and impart their top tips for your career and business growth. Join us for an inspirational day of keynotes, Q&A panels and ample opportunities to grow your tech network. You won’t be disappointed.

Donate to a charity or volunteer

Here at WeAreTechWomen, we actively encourage our members to give back to society either by getting involved in charity initiatives or via social responsibility projects.

There are a number of great charities that support women and you could help by donating or volunteering your time.

Discover more charities and ways of giving back here.

Support women returning to work

People have career breaks for many reasons; maternity/paternity, caring for a loved one, sickness or a sabbatical.

Whatever the reason for the time away, it can always be an overwhelming period of time when it comes to returning.

Through no fault of your own, the gremlins circulating in your head will make you question things – has the industry changed? Is going back the right decision? Am I ready? Is my family ready? Can I still do my job?

Self-doubt and conflicting thoughts are natural. Yes, it’s daunting but keep in mind, your company needs you and your experience is valuable.

WeAreTechWomen has lots of resources and articles, with lots of advice about returning to work. You can find out more here.

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International Women's Day 2020: It's not just for women

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In the fight for equality, more men should be involved in the conversation. After all, they are half of the equation.

International Women’s Day is the perfect time for you to start championing the women in your life and joining the fight for gender equality.

Each year International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on 8 March. Thousands of events occur to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. Organisations, governments, charities, educational institutions, women’s groups, corporations and the media celebrate the day.

Below you can discover how men are helping promote, celebrate and champion women – not just on International Women’s Day, but every day:

Last chance to nominate an outstanding woman for a Rising Star 2020 award

The Rising Star Awards are now open for nominations across 20 job sectors, in addition to a Rising Star Champion Award, a Company of the Year Award and Men for Gender Balance to showcase individuals and companies who promote gender equality in the workplace.

Nominations close on 08 March at midnight.

Purchase a ticket for a female team member to attend the WeAreTechWomen Tech Summit North in Manchester on 30 June

WeAreTechWomen, in partnership with Women in Business Expo North is excited to be launching its first women in tech summit in Manchester on 30 June.

Women in Business Expo North is the No.1 free to attend business event for women in the UK. It is a clarion call to all women looking for new opportunities in business and work, and it is coming to Manchester’s iconic venue, Manchester Central.

This year, WeAreTechWomen will be hosting the tech zone of Women in Business Expo North. We will be kicking off the event with our brand new Women in Tech Summit aimed at women working in and around the technology industry, who are looking to expand their knowledge of emerging technologies and accelerate their careers.

This flagship event will bring to our stage some of the brightest minds and tech industry leaders from all over the country to share their knowledge and impart their top tips for your career and business growth. Join us for an inspirational day of keynotes, Q&A panels and ample opportunities to grow your tech network. You won’t be disappointed.

Discover our latest HeForShe interviews

Read our latest interviews with senior men championing women in the workplace and fighting for gender equality.

WeAreTheCity is in support of the United Nation’s HeForShe campaign and agree with the goal of having more men and boys engaged with women’s rights as part of the gender equality debate.

We are talking to male supporters to showcase the changes they are implementing, within their businesses, in the hope that others will follow suit.

Mentor a woman within your organisation

Mentoring is something that women are requesting more and more and men need to get increasingly involved.

Mentors are incredibly valuable – both to individuals and organisations. They help navigate career paths, give individual’s skills and confidence to succeed, and also facilitate the gathering and sharing of experiences and ideas.

Mentors also play an important role in helping develop and nurture diversity in the workforce, helping to instil confidence among women and minority employees and championing the important role that these individuals’ play.

Discover how to become a mentor and how to get the most from mentoring below:




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Are Women Empowered Within STEM Careers?

International Women and Girls in Science DayThe number of women working in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) industries is significantly lower in comparison to men.  

As proved by studies from 2017, only 23% of women make up the STEM workforce, 105,470 higher compared to 2016.

It’s good news that the idea of predominantly men in STEM-related careers is gradually changing. Some of the most influential women in the industry, such as Kate Bouman, who successfully created the image of a black hole, now have a voice. Below, we break down how women are making important steps within STEM careers.

According to a LinkedIn Data Analysis, the last four decades have seen more female workers in STEM. Melinda Gates, philanthropist and former general manager at Microsoft said: “Bringing women and underrepresented minorities into the field guarantees that we see the full range of solutions to the real problems that people face in the world”.

In 2018, Fitbit received criticism following the implementation of a 10-day cycle tracker on their devices. Many believed that such mistakes could be avoided if women took part in similar decision makings.

Tackling Bias

Combatting biases is one of the main steps towards women’s empowerment in STEM. Up until the 20th century, Charles Darwin claimed women were less intelligent and they were denied access into universities. Undoubtedly, the idea that men are a better fit in certain fields needs to change.

Senior vice president for the American Association of University Women, Laura Segal said: “Teachers and parents provide explicit and implicit messages starting in early childhood that boys and men are ‘better’ at math, and the gaps in the professions reinforce the opportunities, culture and lack of role models that perpetuate male dominance”.

Funds Needed

Philanthropists have raised $25 million to boost girls’ interest in STEM industries and to reduce the gender gap. Having appointed 125 female ambassadors to stand for different STEM-related careers, Lyda Hill Philanthropies aim to use donations as grants for women studying Stem related courses.

Apprenticeship Schemes

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers revealed that a scarcity of experienced STEM workers costs the UK £1.5 billion every year.

In the UK, only nine per cent of apprentices working in STEM are women, which is why the government is committing to reduce the gender disparity by encouraging more female apprentices to access STEM-related careers through initiatives in schools, recruitment agencies and universities.

In 2018, Lookers, who run the government-funded motability car search scheme, doubled their number of female apprenticeships to encourage women to get into STEM careers.

Huge steps are being taken and the hope of seeing more women in STEM is high, especially with examples like the gender-neutral STEM advertisements. However, the work doesn’t quite end yet.

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Inspirational quotes: Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook

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Sheryl Sandberg is the chief operating officer of Facebook and best-selling author of Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead.

Born in Washington, D.C. in 1969, Sandberg went to Harvard for her bachelor's degree in economics and worked at the World Bank after graduating summa cum laude. She attended Harvard Business School and went to work in the U.S. Department of the Treasury during the Clinton administration. When the Republicans swept the Democrats out of office in November 2000, Sandberg moved to Silicon Valley and worked for Google. After seven years she then moved to Facebook, where she has been COO since 2008. Sandberg is the author of Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, which has sold more than a million copies.

Below you will find the best inspirational quotes from Sandberg's book.

“In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.”

“There is no perfect fit when you're looking for the next big thing to do. You have to take opportunities and make an opportunity fit for you, rather than the other way around. The ability to learn is the most important quality a leader can have.”

“Careers are a jungle gym, not a ladder.”

“Fortune does favour the bold and you'll never know what you're capable of if you don't try.”

“If you're offered a seat on a rocket ship, don't ask what seat! Just get on.”

“Women need to shift from thinking ‘I'm not ready to do that’ to thinking ‘I want to do that- and I'll learn by doing it.’

“But the upside of painful knowledge is so much greater than the downside of blissful ignorance.”

“Success and likeability are positively correlated for men and negatively for women. When a man is successful, he is liked by both men and women. When a woman is successful, people of both genders like her less.”

“I have never met a woman, or man, who stated emphatically, ‘Yes, I have it all.' Because no matter what any of us has - and how grateful we are for what we have - no one has it all.”

“When woman work outside the home and share breadwinning duties, couples are more likely to stay together. In fact, the risk of divorce reduces by about half when a wife earns half the income and a husband does half the housework.”

“I realised that searching for a mentor has become the professional equivalent of waiting for Prince Charming. We all grew up on the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty, which instructs young women that if they just wait for their prince to arrive, they will be kissed and whisked away on a white horse to live happily ever after. Now young women are told that if they can just find the right mentor, they will be pushed up the ladder and whisked away to the corner office to live happily ever after. Once again, we are teaching women to be too dependent on others.”

“Being confident and believing in your own self-worth is necessary to achieving your potential.”

“A truly equal world would be one where women ran half our countries and companies and men ran half our homes.”

“We compromise our career goals to make room for partners and children who may not even exist yet”

“Real change will come when powerful women are less of an exception. It is easy to dislike senior women because there are so few.”

“The gender stereotypes introduced in childhood are reinforced throughout our lives and become self-fulfilling prophesies. Most leadership positions are held by men, so women don't expect to achieve them, and that becomes one of the reasons they don't.”

“The reason I don't have a plan is because if I have a plan I'm limited to today's options”

“The more women help one another, the more we help ourselves. Acting like a coalition truly does produce results. Any coalition of support must also include men, many of whom care about gender inequality as much as women do.”

“Our culture needs to find a robust image of female success that is first, not male, and second, not a white woman on the phone, holding a crying baby,”

“If a woman pushes to get the job done, if she's highly competent, if she focuses on results rather than on pleasing others, she's acting like a man. And if she acts like a man, people dislike her.”

“A feminist is someone who believes in social, political, and economic equality of the sexes.”

“But instead of blaming women for not negotiating more, we need to recognise that women often have good cause to be reluctant to advocate for their own interests because doing so can easily backfire.”

“Feeling confident - or pretending that you feel confident - is necessary to reach for opportunities. It's a cliché, but opportunities are rarely offered; they're seized.”

“Long-term success at work often depends on not trying to meet every demand placed on us. The best way to make room for both life and career is to make choices deliberately—to set limits and stick to them.”

“Hard work and results should be recognised by others, but when they aren't, advocating for oneself becomes necessary. As discussed earlier, this must be done with great care. But it must be done.”

“Anyone who brings up gender in the workplace is wading into deep and muddy waters. The subject itself presents a paradox, forcing us to acknowledge differences while trying to achieve the goal of being treated the same.”

“Another one of my favorite posters at Facebook declares in big red letters, “Done is better than perfect.” I have tried to embrace this motto and let go of unattainable standards. Aiming for perfection causes frustration at best and paralysis at worst.”

“For many men, the fundamental assumption is that they can have both a successful professional life and a fulfilling personal life. For many women, the assumption is that trying to do both is difficult at best and impossible at worst.”

“We hold ourselves back in ways both big and small, by lacking self-confidence, by not raising our hands, and by pulling back when we should be leaning in.”

“In order to protest ourselves from being disliked, we question our abilities and downplay our achievements, especially in the presence of others. We put ourselves down before others can.”

“Fear is at the root of so many of the barriers that women face. Fear of not being liked. Fear of making the wrong choice. Fear of drawing negative attention. Fear of overreaching. Fear of being judged. Fear of failure. And the holy trinity of fear: the fear of being a bad mother/wife/daughter.”

“Looking back, it made no sense for my college friends and me to distance ourselves from the hard-won achievements of earlier feminists. We should have cheered their efforts. Instead, we lowered our voices, thinking the battle was over, and with this reticence we hurt ourselves.”


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Inspirational quotes: Ada Lovelace | The first computer programmer

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Ada Lovelace was a mathematician and writer, known for her work on Charles Babbage's proposed mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine.

Lovelace was the first to recognise that the machine had applications beyond pure calculation and published the first algorithm intended to be carried out by such a machine.

As a result, Lovelace is regarded as one of the first computer programmers.

Today, marks Ada Lovelace Day - an annual event celebrated on the second Tuesday of October. The day began in 2009 with the aim of raising the profile of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths), and to create new role models for girls and women.

In honour of Ada Lovelace Day, WeAreTechWomen take a look at Lovelace's most inspiring quotes!

"That brain of mine is something more than merely mortal; as time will show."

"If you can't give me poetry, can't you give me poetical science?"

"I never am really satisfied that I understand anything; because, understand it well as I may, my comprehension can only be an infinitesimal fraction of all I want to understand about the many connections and relations which occur to me, how the matter in question was first thought of or arrived at..."

"Religion to me is science and science is religion."

"The more I study, the more insatiable do I feel my genius for it to be."

"Your best and wisest refuge from all troubles is in your science."

"The science of operations, as derived from mathematics more especially, is a science of itself, and has its own abstract truth and value."

"Imagination is the Discovering Faculty, pre-eminently. It is that which penetrates into the unseen worlds around us, the worlds of Science."

"Mathematical science shows what is. It is the language of unseen relations between things. But to use and apply that language, we must be able to fully to appreciate, to feel, to seize the unseen, the unconscious."

"As soon as I have got flying to perfection, I have got a scheme about a steam engine."