I. The Social Media
It’s been a while since I lasted posted here. There are other things happening in my life that are taking a lot of my time. But, I do want to get back to writing regularly. I hope to.
Meanwhile, I am back briefly today to talk about something that I have been thinking about for a while. I started my profile on Instagram (@geekgirldecodes) to share about things I enjoy, I care about and of course some everyday happiness in stories.
Thanks to social media, the way we connect is revolutionized. Our world is no more limited to the people around home, school or office, you can connect with people from varied backgrounds all around the globe. I love going through everyone’s posts and stories. They surely motivate me to keep going no matter how hard it gets, how tough the days are. It’s indeed a good source of positive energy, that we all need from time to time !
I have received a few messages back on things I have shared until now, about how it makes people happy to how it inspires people. Being inspiring was the last thing I ever thought of. That makes me think now, that we all are capable of inspiring someone. All it takes is some passion for what you do and a little time to share and connect with other folks.
Who would have thought that you would actually find people who are into coding and technology on “instagram” ? But, trust me. I did find a lot of folks who are into this. Be it @codergirl_ , @estefanniegg, @bigdatagal, @yoguely or @girlknowstech there are many girls out there, who are into diverse areas of engineering and also regularly share what they love. Their posts are most definitely engaging and am sure motivating to may other women out there. I am sure everyone is aware of the gender gap in the industry we work in. With amazing women like these, sharing their stories and making people aware of what they do, I do believe they are inspiring many many young women engineers out there to pursue what they love. Seriously, that is all it takes : sharing true passion and determination to do what you love- that energy is infectious !!
I came to the United States from India, to pursue my graduate studies and have been here ever since. Deciding to move far far away from my parent’s cocoon, where I lived a very protected life, has been the single most amazing decision I have ever made in my life. It opened up my perspective about life, made me independent while I slogged my way through the graduate studies. Although Indian society is thought of to be biased when it comes to women, I have been very fortunate to have a family, that has always been supportive of whatever I have wanted to pursue. I am sure a section of Indian girls reading shall surely relate to the next thing I am going to talk about.
I have been asked and told things like : “why do women need to study ?” , “isn’t marriage the ultimate goal for girls ?” , “what will you do with a career once you have a family and kid?” , not just by the uncles and aunts but also by some men my age. Yes, some guys my age have also asked me these questions. But, these things never stopped me from pursuing what I loved. I have only focused on attaining what I set out to do. I did complete my Masters, my work as an intern at Intel resulted in a US patent and I have been working full-time at Q for a while now. So, I think I will keep going, as long as I want. I urge every girl out there to do the same.
And hence, today I want to speak for the girls out there, like the ones back in India, who may be feeling bogged down by many questions such as above. I feel you girls. But, all I want to say is keep doing what you love. You will have to make the best of the situation you are in. I understand there shall be limitations, but all I am saying is do not give up, easily ! Give it your best shot to pursue what you want, if it matters to you. Don’t let the negativity get the best of you. Keep your focus and just keep going.
As I have mentioned in my previous blog about women in engineering, I do not believe the term engineer has a gender. We should not let “gender” dictate, what one should pursue or not. With this blog, I wanted to seek help from each person who reads this in spreading this message of encouragement to all the folks out there who want to pursue something but may be feeling pulled down by situations or people around them, to keep going. As simple as that ! 🙂
IV. YOUR ROLE
I would love for you guys to show support to every girl out there. I also believe that it takes every one of us to make a difference. So, please do not hesitate in participating in this. I urge all of you to participate in spreading this positive message !
How do you participate in this ?
Really simple :
Use hashtag : #bewithW
- Tag a “GUY” you think is awesome, is not gender biased and basically inspired/motivated you in some way. example : may be he has been part of a project and has let you lead or contribute without any gender bias or he takes part in initiatives targeted at women engineers, does his bit to encourage women around him or even as simple as he does his share of household chores is also helpful 🙂 , so you get the idea ! 🙂
- Tag a “GIRL” you think is awesome , and has been inspiring in her own way . example : may be the way she balances family and work inspires you , may be she does her bit to encourage other girls, it can be anything !
- can be your family member, classmate, colleague, preferably someone you personally know.
- Write a line or two about them and share it with the hashtag and tag me (@geekgirldecodes) ?
I am just hoping this helps folks to see how much support they have all around and this will be an interactive way to motivate each other and mainly urge folks to not be limited by gender and pursue whatever the heck they wish to! Hell yeah ! 🙂
Thank you in advance, if you participate in this and spread your share of positive vibes around. 🙂