With each statement, a new round of applause. Entrepreneur, writer and activist Reshma Chaujani A guest who received a very warm applause Indeed Futureworks, an event held in New York on Thursday (13). He participated in a Level the Paying Field panel with Jessica Jensen, Chief Marketing Officer of Indeed.
The excitement around Reshma makes perfect sense. Founder of Organizations Women who code (Girls Who Program) and Mashaal scheme for mothers (Marshall Plan for Mothers), one of the biggest advocates for women’s rights in the workplace, especially – but not limited to – the tech industry.
An autora best seller Bold yes, correct numberDa dead dog Teach women courage (Teach women to be bravein free translation) and recent Paying – Women and the Future of Work (Time to Pay – Women and the Future of WorkFree translation), has been working for ten years to reduce gender inequality in organizations.
A law graduate, Reshma began her career in the Democratic Party and became the first Indian-American woman to run for a seat in the US Congress. She came up with the idea to create Girls Who Code when she attended all-boys schools for science and computing. In nine years, the NGO has taught 500,000 youth the basics of computing and programming.
The pandemic’s devastating effect on women, and mothers in particular, prompted her to launch the Marshall Plan for Moms, seeking official measures to support women – especially mothers – in the job market. “Women’s unemployment has increased by 15% during the pandemic, and women globally are losing more than $800 billion in wages,” the activist said at an event in New York, citing data from her book. pay.
Massacre in crisis
In her highly acclaimed talk at Indeed FutureWorks, she explained how she created the Marshall Plan for Moms. “I saw how much women were slaughtered by the crisis, especially people of color. And I realized that there was no support for mothers. Remember, we are the only country in the West that does not have maternity leave,” she said.
According to Reshma, the country punishes women who decide to have a baby because they are forced to return to work 10 days after the birth – something many of them cannot do, as there is no one to leave the baby with. “All institutions should have daycare centers,” says the writer. “I don’t understand how it’s not mandatory,” he says.
Commenting on the issue of US tennis player Serena Williams announcing that she was giving up her career as she chose to devote herself to her family, the influencer became irritated and raised the tone of the debate a bit. “It’s not a choice,” he said. “We need to stop lying to each other about the choices we make, when in fact they are imposed on us.”
For Reshna, whoever does this perpetuates the lies men tell in the workplace. “Men are taught that we’re the problem because we’re not confident enough, assertive enough. Be more active in meetings. Because my response to that is, ‘Stop trying to fix women! We’re not the problem. You’re the one to fix,'” says the Javits Center. He entertained the audience.
Everything in the work environment is designed for men, the activist said – “even the air conditioning, which is always too cold”. After the joke, a reflection. “The way I see it, everything should be built with the most vulnerable people in mind. Work should be designed for single mothers, women of color, trans and non-binary people.
From that perspective, Reshna says, the pandemic may have done humanity a service. “She gave us the opportunity to stop and start anew. But there is still a lot of resistance. What does the future of work look like? For the founder, after the pandemic, young people began to show the way to a more balanced and inclusive work. “They say the way we worked before is dead. Please let him die.”
*Marissa Aden Gill traveled at the invitation of Indeed
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