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From the archives: more stories from Spark Women and the people who support them.


Megan on being a volunteer EMT & Firefighter
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Megan on being a volunteer EMT & Firefighter

I was a volunteer EMT/Firefighter for about 15 years. I learned to think on my feet, to not react but to work through situations and look for alternative ways of accomplishing tasks. I was the only woman to finish my first firefighting class and soon realized that many in my station did not want a... Read more »

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“We could not live in a better era. This is an exciting time for talking about equality, not just in tech, but everywhere.”

Raji Chockaiyan

"We’re often very focused on the finite details of skills and education. We need to look at people who bring diversity of thought and diversity of approach. We need to identify which skills truly are required and which can be taught."

Megan Rosetti

Toni on having a thick skin
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Toni on having a thick skin

I think it is more difficult being a woman in business when you have to challenge your colleagues. As women, we are taught to want to be liked, to be peacemakers and not make waves. Challenging women are too often seen as aggressive and pushy. I had this situation where I was on an important... Read more »

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Staying focused with Toyin
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Staying focused with Toyin

At a very young age, my father taught me that what mattered most in life were my skills, talent and the results I could deliver. It was more of a question of how useful I could be. The questions that I’d ask myself were, ‘Have I acquired the skills my industry needs? Have I invested... Read more »

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"My aspiration is for a time when there will be no such thing as a woman leader. There will just be leaders."

Namrata Collins

Yuliya on making your voice heard
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Yuliya on making your voice heard

For me, the most challenging time was in the beginning of my career. I was born in the Eastern European country of Belarus where tech was considered to be a male-only area. It was hard for me to make people listen to my ideas and take me seriously. Many men in tech couldn’t believe that... Read more »

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“When I started working, I felt like I had to prove myself more than my male colleagues, but then I realized that my technical expertise and abilities enabled me to be recognized for my work.”

Aruna Amin

Idelia on living in South Africa
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Idelia on living in South Africa

South Africa is probably more advanced when it comes to being a woman in the workplace. I think we started to focus on diversity a little bit earlier, probably due to apartheid. We did diversity training in school in the late 80s and started to work on diversity in the early-to-mid-90s. A lot of the... Read more »

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Catherine on being bold
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Catherine on being bold

I didn’t feel the gap between men and women in my younger years as much as I do now. I really wonder why things have changed. Maybe they haven’t changed. Maybe I was young and naïve. I’m not sure if it’s because there is a greater focus on the career progression of women. I can... Read more »

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Wendi on proving yourself
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Wendi on proving yourself

I have to prove myself almost every day. It’s funny, it was easier when I was in the early stages of my career. Now, the younger group doesn’t know me. They don’t know my background or what I’ve done. They’re the hardest ones; they really assume that you know nothing. You’ve got to prove yourself,... Read more »

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Exceeding expectations with Padma
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Exceeding expectations with Padma

"The outlook towards women needs to transform. We should be impartial and meritocratic."

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"By cheering for women, we encourage them to sit at the table instead of sitting in the corner."

Satin Henderson

Overcoming obstacles with Kristen
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Overcoming obstacles with Kristen

"We have to value the contribution that women make and demonstrate that in order to keep them. Create an environment that challenges women and makes them feel valued."

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