“To me, International Women’s Day is…”
“…A celebration of the modern achievements of gender equality.”
“…A day to think and hope for what the world will be like when my children become adults.”
“…Proof of what Sojourner Truth said: ‘If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, [all] women together ought to be able to turn it back... right side up again! It’s a day to celebrate and honor the achievements of all women globally.”
“…An important day to all women who recognize the struggles of women around the world: to bring to light what is working and what needs improvement for the betterment of all women's lives. Many women still face a lack of access to healthcare, education, rights, protections, and opportunities that hinder them from reaching their full potential.”
“…A reminder that everyone deserves to be treated equally in this world.”
“…A day to remind ourselves and others of the contributions that women have made, and continue to make, to different fields throughout society. It's a day to celebrate the achievements, but it’s also a day to discuss the progress that’s yet to be made, and how we can get there.”
Today is International Women’s Day, and in celebration, the women at Koneksa are talking about what it’s like to work in their field, to work at Koneksa, and to celebrate this holiday!
For nearly a century, this holiday has been celebrated around the world. While it still feels a bit newer to Americans, in Russia, China, and other nations, celebrations on March 8 are a firm part of every year’s calendar, an important celebration of womanhood and all it means to be female. Moreover, this year, the holiday’s theme is “Balance for Better”: a call to action for righting gender imbalance across the world.
In the tech industry, women have historically been a minority. Fixing that involves everyone from parents and children, to educators, to professionals and employers. Koneksa is proud to have a small but growing contingent of female team members, and we’re proud to be part of a great, growing organization. The women of Koneksa are developers, statisticians, coders, communicators, and scientists. And while some of us only joined the organization this month, others have been on the team for nearly four years.
We’ve experienced some of the down sides of being professional females, but we’ve also drawn hope from female mentors throughout our educational and professional careers, and we’ve seen progress as women continue to join, advance, and find balance and support in the tech industry from progressive regulations, smart employers, and each other. And we agree: Koneksa is a great example of how women in tech can do great things!
“I love the opportunity to work with different tech tools and exploring different solutions to problems. Every day I learn something I did not know before, and this gives me a feeling of great personal growth. I have been with Koneksa Health for almost four years, and work with really cool people. We spend most of our time at work, so it's best when we love the job and enjoy working with our coworkers.”
“It's never easy being a parent juggling a job with a family: you can plan and balance carefully, but surprises always happen. I really appreciate the understanding and flexibility that Koneksa offers.”
“The charm of a small company is the close relationship and easy access we share to almost everyone in the company, from the CEO to people from different departments.”
“Being a woman in technology can be overwhelming, but we all love a challenge, and when you work with a supportive team, the job becomes a lot more enjoyable.”
“I appreciate the flexibility and the camaraderie that comes with working at a small company. I especially enjoy the camaraderie among team members here. There is a true sense of teamwork, with everyone doing their part. I like that everyone's opinions are heard.”
Brenda Deverell Cortez, Chengrui Huang, Elena Izmailova, Fran Nolan, Jennifer O’Driscoll, Jess Turnbull, Juanita Yim, Sarah Morgan, and Taslima Begum contributed to this story.