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As I started working in my current job, I started to sense of why women opt-out of this career field. On the primary ground, technical fields are usually viewed to be jobs for men, which I am very sure nobody knows why.
“In the face of adversities is where you emerge the strongest”
I am a brown woman working in an international setup filled with westerners and mostly male dominated team as a software programmer.
My introduction itself portrays the adversity that I face day in, day out. According to world statistics, there is a decline in women working in the IT sector over time.
Only around 15.4% of women who hold a degree in the technical field end up working in IT between the ages of 30-45 and after 45, it declines further to around 9% of women still working in IT.
I have always questioned these statistics because for me, I can only relate to being a software developer and nothing else.
But apart from this, from my personal experience, many women quit the IT sector because of the working environment they are exposed to.
When I started my job, I knew the odds, but programming for me was the job I was the best at. I am the only woman in a team of 10 people. Out of all of whom are natives of Germany and can speak the language flawlessly.
And then there is me, who is still making a heartfelt effort to learn and speak the new language.
With the combined consequences of male domination and the language barrier, comes the fear of being left out of most conversations where I can give my technical insights or, at least, share a laugh.
These questions always run in my mind, is it because I am a woman, or is it because I am a foreigner? Is it because I don’t speak the same language as fluently as you? I have broken my head over this for more than a year!
A year of facing such adversities lead to a lot of new learnings. I craved for people to give me a space where I could put forward my ideas. I looked forward to people giving me a consideration.
But that’s never going to happen, because I am the one expecting it to happen from others, while sitting around sulking about it.
The change has to come from me, I am the one who needs to create a space for myself, I am the one who should put me into consideration, I am the one who should put forward my insights, although there is no ear for it.
The one who wants to stay put in this job is me, so it has to be me who makes all things possible. My solution to all my problems was to find the strength from within.
I am a woman who pushed out of all my comfort zones and chose this career, and I am extremely proud of it!
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Chetan Bhagat had no business slut shaming Uorfi Javed or any other woman. If he wants to 'guide' young men in the 'right direction' then he should take accountability for his words.
Chetan Bhagat, one of India’s bestselling authors, thought it was an ingenious idea to slut-shame Uorfi Javed, an Indian actress and influencer, at the Sahitya Aaj Tak literature festival.
“Phone has been a great distraction for the youth, especially the boys, spending hours just watching Instagram Reels. Everyone knows who Uorfi Javed is. What will you do with her photos? Is it coming in your exams or you will go for a job interview and tell the interviewer that you know all her outfits? On one side, there is a youth who is protecting our nation at Kargil and on another side, we have another youth who is seeing Uorfi Javed’s photos hiding in their blankets.”
Uorfi Javed responded with a video on her Instagram stories calling out Bhagat’s bluff. She shared the screenshots of his previous chat conversations with Ira Trivedi, author and yoga instructor, which came to light during the #MeToo movement.
While boys are taught to naturally own the space they enter, girls are taught to give up, to accommodate, to adjust since "it is their primary responsibility to keep families and relations together."
Yesterday, I was watching these 4 young girls around 16 – 17 years old play badminton. They were having fun, goofing around with all 4 of them equally involved in the game.
In some time two of their male friends joined them, and as part of round robin, the 2 boys replaced two of the girls. All good.
As the play continued, I started noticing a change in the way the game was being played. The shuttle was played most of the times between the two boys and there was a sense of competition and aggression brought in. The other 2 girls playing soon starting losing interest in the game as they hardly got any game time. Even if the shuttle came towards them, the boy in their team would move and play that shot. They soon moved to the sidelines as the boys continued to play.
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