Today is International Women’s Day. What does that mean to you? In a world where women are still considered a second class citizen and need a day in the year to be recognized, this day does not mean much to me. It is only a reminder for us women that we still have lots of work to do to get our rights. I am a proud feminist but I’m also a cynical feminist. I have been this way since I was a little girl. I always wondered why do Women need to have a day and not Men! It’s easy now…. it is a consolation prize. It is basically just to say sorry for all the crap that you have to deal with. Sorry for the discrimination at work, the objectification in the media, the unequal pay, the unequal opportunity, the domestic abuse, the violence, the sexual harassment and sexual assault. Just think about it, how what women have to go through compared to men to start a family, a business, to get to leadership role. And if we do, we would be a minority and will still be treated as such. It may be true that this has to do with our genes, the chemical in our brains and overall how we are wired. But it does not deny the fact that this world favors men over women, or that men have owned the magic wand for too long. I am writing all of this and I honestly do not have an answer to this dilemma. But just think about the environment in the workplace as an example of what women face in the world. What makes things worse is when women turn against each other instead of being a aid to each other. I feel like I am getting lost in my thoughts. There is a poem that I absolutely love. It is called “If I should have a daughter”. It sums things up. Here it is … Enjoy!
There’s a movement afoot to get more women into the business of innovation. I’m part of that movement, I want to let you know about a project I’m involved with — and let you know how you can get involved.
Innovating Women: Past, Present & Future is a book designed to encourage, inspire, and educate more women in Science, Engineering, Technology, and Mathematics (STEM) and other innovation fields. Innovating Women is a unique movement to crowd-create a book that will feature hundreds of stories and perspectives of everyday women working in the innovation economy. Telling the stories about women’s challenges, successes, and experiences in these fields is an important step for change. By educating our greater community, industry leaders, and policy influencers, we can all help make this happen.
As part of my commitment to Innovating Women, I have agreed to share my story and help raise funds to make this book a reality. Beyond book production expenses, all proceeds from the campaign and book sales will go toward programs at Singularity University to educate women about advancing technologies and support their startups. Google for Entrepreneurs has also agreed to match what we raise on Indiegogo up to $50,000 for these women’s programs.