Women in Tech

Women in Tech

When I sat down to write this note, the first thought that crossed my mind is ‘I have been so busy in this IT world that it took me 6 months to complete this small article?’ and then I thought, who am I kidding? This is the excuse I give my manager whenever I haven’t completed a task assigned to me 😉 This article is from a fresher who has just spend 2 years in this IT field, her perceptions and experience, so any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental (just joking).
Women adorn the role of a Daughter, Sister, Mother, Wife etc. and I don’t deny the fact that men have to adorn equivalent roles too. But, the expectations from a man and a woman has been very different how much ever we talk about gender equality. For a fresher who moved to a new city to work in a dream company the expectations are huge be it a woman or a man but, as she travels the road that she sees the difference in perceptions and priorities.
There would be people around you who think ‘New person in
the team, let me help her make get comfortable with the new office/team’ then there are others who think ‘she is a girl she knows how to get her work done’ some others have a little different perception ‘Wow, new girl in the team I wonder if she has a boyfriend’.

Women in Tech

Thankfully I got to meet the first set of people in my new company. As you spend more time at work, you would be changing roles in your professional and personal lives and that is where the attitude
changes. There are some who would prioritize and  move on but there are
many who try to balance both which I think is the most difficult task, but with the help of good colleagues and a caring family this is fairly achievable.

Corporate India has rolled out a lot of rules and benefits
for the women and it is our duty to use them wisely because when you misuse one of these rules or benefits you are bringing down the value of every women in the corporate world. That being said there is still a gap that can be bridged on the ‘Gender Equality’ front. For every women, it is her decisions, reactions and personality that helps  her weave a successful career in this corporate world. All the successful women I have met in my corporate life so far have overcome many hurdles and fear nothing! As Jaycee Dugard rightly said- “I want to be remembered for what I
do, not what happened to me”.

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