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We’re so thankful for the thoughtful, resilient women who work every day to make our office more inclusive. In honor of Women’s History Month, we asked the Women of Zipwhip to write a few words about their personal experiences as women in tech. Here’s what they had to say.

Ashley Sims, Project Manager

ashley sims“This January, I participated in the Women’s March. Witnessing the changing political tides, and seeing how those changes impact the women around me, I was inspired to educate myself on changing legislation and speak up for what I believe in. I’m proud to be a woman in tech, helping to blaze the path for the awesome women to come.”

Erin Hill, Sales Operations

erin hill“It’s difficult to put into words the rollercoaster of emotions that womxn in tech experience every day. I use the word “womxn” to disrupt the notion of social normativity. I identify and recognize the intersectionality of the technology start-up space and will continue to make space for and to empower womxn. I’m fortunate to have mentors and a support system inside and outside of Zipwhip. I urge our team to strive to break institutional barriers and social constructs around what it means to honor and respect womxn. I’m going to let rupi kaur do the rest.”

we all move forward when

we recognize how resilient

and striking the women

around us are

-rupi kaur

Gay Gabrilska, Sales

gay gabrilska“In the late 80’s in Dallas my then-girlfriend and I were on the hunt for an apartment. We didn’t have much money so were looking for a one bedroom only. At that time in Dallas, two people of the same sex could not rent a single bedroom apartment. It made me angry. It also made me hyper-vigilant about people knowing and understanding that I was a lesbian and I would never apologize for who I was.

“I have determined that it takes a strong, unapologetic voice to create change.”

As a woman in tech, I struggle with the best way to help others understand that an act, words or lack of inclusivity impact every single one on the team. I have determined that it takes a strong, unapologetic voice to create change. Be strong and unapologetic and teach all of the women and men around you to be the same.”

Lauren Akamine, Account Executive

lauren akamine“Calling all Sister Suffragettes!

Let’s address the elephant in the room. It’s been 169 years since women started publicly fighting for their voice at Seneca and 98 years since we were granted suffrage. Even with the growing ratio of women seeking higher education and the increased rate of women taking leadership roles, we are still fighting for the right to be heard, taken seriously and treated equally–an opportunity our male counterparts often take for granted from never being required to walk in high heels. Lucretia Mott would NOT be pleased.

Besides fighting for our own individual voice, women also need to start actively supporting each other. And I don’t mean monthly chocolate distribution to your female coworkers, I mean actual support. Stepping in when someone’s voice is being ignored, creating idea groups, listening when someone needs to vent and making sure everyone feels included.

“The road to the top doesn’t have to be a lonely one.”

The fact of the matter is, we are all struggling in some way. Whether at work, at home, with our image, or with our weight. So in celebration of this month, I’m giving you a task, Sister Suffragettes. Be bold, stand up a little taller and speak with confidence. If there is someone in the office you notice feels underrepresented, reach out and let them know they are valued. Maybe invite them to coffee and get to know them. Use your own confidence as a super power to help inspire and motivate others.

The road to the top doesn’t have to be a lonely one, Sister Suffragettes. Carry on the trend and make Lucretia proud!”

Jen Karami, Marketing Associate

jen karami“Women in tech has been such a buzzword lately, and companies everywhere are struggling to get it right. It feels good to know that I am surrounded by people who will have my back and speak up in the face of discrimination.”

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