Why do you think International Women’s Day is important?
There are still some life situations (work, culture, religion) where being a woman can be both career and life limiting. International Women’s Day focuses attention on this.
What are some achievements of yours?
I have done some great jobs and worked with many inspirational people; despite lacking a university education, over a long career, I have relied on who I am, my positive attitude and ability to access the roles I want.
From an extremely sedentary, non-sporty childhood, I have embraced running, swimming and cycling to achieve my personal goals in several triathlons and marathons – and intend to carry on doing so long into the future.
What progress have you seen on gender equality in your life and work?
Since I started work in 1979, I have seen vast positive changes in attitudes and behaviours across society. Some of the stories I could relate about my early work life would horrify any woman at the start of her career nowadays. Due to sexist treatment of women (and men) was the norm in the 70’s/80’s, the status-quo today feels so much better to the point that I believe that in my current role/situation, gender is no barrier or differentiator in terms of daily work life and opportunities open to me.
What’s the most important piece of advice you’d give to a woman thinking of starting a career in tech?
Don’t be put off if you are not technically minded. The tech industry needs people who are great communicators, brilliant at making stuff happen, and not intimidated by a constantly changing workplace. Go for it!