My husband and I are a married couple.
We both work in IT.
Our daughter is five years old and she loves reading books, so we have decided to make a career in the field.
But when I look at the current landscape of women in tech, it seems that the status quo is not only for women but for men too.
For the past few months, I have been thinking of my career as a ‘feminist’ and have also been thinking about my job as a career that supports and empowers women.
I am married to a woman, and it is a great experience for both of us.
The two of us have a lot of experience in the technology field and have worked on various projects together.
We are both in the top 10 of our respective companies and are the only people in the whole of our team.
We share our own work with the rest of our colleagues.
We have developed a very strong work-life balance.
I like to say that our daughter loves reading and I like reading too.
I have been working on projects for a long time and I am proud of what I have achieved.
But I do not want to take this opportunity to be a ‘femme fatale’ and use my career to exploit my daughter.
I will never stop working on my projects and will not stop until I am a fully functional software engineer and have a career as an active contributor to the society.
We do not see this as a lifestyle choice and will continue to work together for the benefit of both of our children.
When I look back at my career in IT, I see a lot more female developers and people with less experience.
I think that this is very sad.
I am happy that my work as a female developer has been recognised and rewarded.
I love being a part of the software industry and working with amazing people.
But, what is really sad is that I have to work harder to get my daughter into the world.
I do believe that my role as a software developer is also to help other women.
It has been really difficult for me to see my daughter grow up in a world where she cannot see herself in any way as a person, because she is being raised in a patriarchal culture.
My husband is working very hard to help women succeed in the workplace.
We want to have a more equal society for all people, not just the privileged few.
I have come to realise that I am also a good role model for my daughter, and that I also have to make sure that she can see herself as an equal member of society.
For a lot women, being a good mother is not just about giving her daughter the best life possible.
I also believe that I must help other mothers.
As a software engineer, I believe that the biggest problem for women in the workforce is not the problem of gender equality.
Rather, the biggest challenge is that of women being seen as ‘bad mothers’ by their colleagues.
It is our job as women to be aware of this and to speak up when we are asked to do so.
We need to make it a point to speak about gender equality and talk about the work that we are doing in the tech industry.
My daughter is a brilliant young child and she will grow up to be an incredible software developer.
She is going to make her own choices about her career and her own role in society.
I want her to learn from me and her future in life.
I will work hard to make my daughter happy, happy and healthy.