Today is a day to honor the past accomplishments and the future potential of the women of the world. International Women’s Day (IWD2018) is about celebration, reflection, and empowerment.
It’s great to take a beat and recognize the progress made for equality and representation. It’s even more important to realize the strides we still need to take as we move forward. Since I am the sole female contributor here at UTB, I felt it was fitting that I speak about that growth.
Over the past decade, the inclusion of women in mobile, tech, and various sundry industries has increased. The STEM (alternately STEAM) landscape has targeted women to encourage them to feel welcome and grow their presence in these fields of Science, Technology, [Art], Engineering, and Mathematics. This shows a heightened awareness of the need for balance, and a focus on equality after decades of under-valued representation.
There’s a shift in the marketing, giving attention to the roles women play in directing, producing, starring, and working on films, television, and in other forms of media. This isn’t an effort in pandering, it’s balancing scales and showing the value our involvement brings to projects. It’s important for people to feel as though their voice is heard, and for too long women were expected to be silent partners.
This month marks my third anniversary with this site, and I am the only female standing among the rest of these “boys.” UTB gives me a place for my voice in the world of BlackBerry, Geek, and tech miscellany. It is a welcoming atmosphere, and I enjoy every opportunity I get to explore my passion for those worlds.