The topic of women in technology is not a new one. We women who do work in technology know that it is a field dominated mostly by men, and we also know there is a lot of work being done to get women more involved in STEM education and jobs and recognize women in these industries across the board. Just look at programs like CRN’s “Women in the Channel,” or organizations like “Girls In Tech” that help younger females get exposure to the tech-world at an early age. You have probably seen the GoldieBlox commercial that promotes engineering toys for girls, set to a re-make of the Beastie Boys’ original song “Girls”, and in the least, most people are familiar with Cheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In” and the spark she ignited on the subject. It is definitely a hot topic, and one that is not going away.
I started thinking about what it is like being a woman in the technology space. The honest truth is that my personal experience in the tech world has been positive. My organization has always given me equal opportunities to take on more responsibility. I’ve been given leadership opportunities, and in general, I feel respected and as if I am an extremely important part of the team. That’s all pretty cool.
When I sat down to write this article, I started thinking about women whom I admire, and some of them are big names like Marissa Mayer, but a lot of them have either been part of my organization, or even better, ARE part of Arcserve today. We have some great female talent sitting in both leadership and individual contributor roles throughout our company, and I think it’s more than humbling that I get to learn from them day in and day out. When I talk to women inside of our company, here are some comments that really stood out:
“When I started working at Oracle years ago, I had no idea about database, java, middleware… I never thought I’d stay long in this industry. But three months later, I realized the smart ideas behind each and every piece of technology were so exciting and how much it could change people’s lives. I know I made the right choice and feel proud being the ‘minority’ in tech.”
– Jesse Jin, Director of Marketing, AP, Arcserve
“A woman in technology doesn’t have to mean that you are an engineer or “techie.” There are several roles within technology companies for women to be a part of. I consider myself a “woman in technology”, and I’m in sales! There are many women that contribute every day to technology-focused areas, such as head of sales, lawyers, marketers, etc. Being a woman in technology means that you are surrounded by amazing technology and very ambitious and intelligent people. You are able to be a part of building things that are a path toward making lives and businesses better. This is what makes technology absolutely AWESOME. Why wouldn’t every woman want to be a part of something so cool and hip? I couldn’t think of a better field to be in.”
-Erin Malone, VP of Sales, Arcserve
As it turns out, a lot of women within my own organization feel like it’s a great opportunity to be a woman in tech, and specifically, a woman at Arcserve. But don’t just take my word for it! Let’s hear from you – what are your thoughts on the topic? Sound off below!