8Th of March marks the International Women’s Day, may we never need just one day to celebrate women’s achievements, recognise their rights or highlight their struggles.
Some people make the joke of how women get one day but men have the rest of the year for them. It’s not funny! It’s not funny because we are in 2016 and we are still reminding the society of the pay gap every 8th of March.
It’s not funny because sadly it’s true, we still did not achieve equality between the two genders. Women have all sorts of challenges and struggles just because they are women; from abortion, breastfeeding, being childless, body shaming, to everyday sexism and unequal pay/progression in the workplace.
To Celebrate my pride of being a woman, I attended An International Women’s Day Celebration organised by ThoughtWorks London. It was so inspirational and empowering to hear from other female leaders in tech about their journeys, their stories and top tips.
I learned that as a woman in tech, I should not ask for permission or use words that implies I’m apologising for being a woman in tech and being successful.
I learned it is ok to make mistakes and how to learn from them.
But mostly I learned about the power pose!
The good news is I’ve been doing the power pose but without knowing it’s the power pose. I used to call it the ” Look super confident” face which is basically the result of wearing some shiny lipstick, gorgeous stilettos and attitude.
The difference is , my “Look super confident” face may sometimes mean to just fake it even when I’m completely not confident or when I let the negative vibes get into me but the power pose implies real confidence and strength. It’s important to feel empowered, to truly believe that we are wonder women. Because when we do, nothing and no one can stop us from going beyond the limits and achieve great things.
As from the 8th of March 2016, I said goodbye to my “Look super confident” face and fully embraced the POWER POSE while still wearing shiny lipstick, gorgeous stilettos and one hell of attitude.
All The Women Inside Me