Happy International Women’s Day!

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Every year, March 8th is celebrated as International Women’s Day.  A day dedicated to celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women in addition to reflection on the progress made to accelerate the gender parity and the advocacy for change that is still needed.

At Tasktop, 35% of our employees are female industry leaders in administration, business development, engineering, finance, legal, marketing, product development, sales, and solutions. Not only are we committed to Tasktop’s mission of connecting the world of software delivery; we’re committed to the success and professional development of one another by providing support, compassion, and opportunity.

Below are some inspiring quotes from Tasktopians on female empowerment in the technology industry including favorite quotes from world-renowned female leaders:

*Drawing by Bahar Pakzad, Tasktop Senior Solutions Architect

“The last 30 years as a woman in tech have been an absolutely fabulous, challenging and amazing experience. Hopefully the next 30 years will be filled with even more women in tech.”
Gail Murphy, Tasktop Co-Founder and Chief Scientist

“”Women in hi-tech are successful because we know it’s important to build and maintain relationships.  We do it in our lives and in our careers.””
Susan Harris, Tasktop Demand Center Manager

“I admit it.. I do have a slight chip on my shoulder having been a female in the technology industry (and the finance industry as well) for over 20 years and absolutely feeling (and sometimes treated) like a fish out of water.  But, what is so inspiring in what I see in the young women at Tasktop is that they don’t feel out of place – that tells me real progress has been made.  No doubt, there is certainly room to do more, and as my husband frequently says, we are only in the 4th inning of a 9 inning game … but it is nice to be part of a company that truly values diversity and actively recruits women.”
Nicole Bryan, Tasktop VP of Product Management

“”Courage is like a muscle. We strengthen it by use.”–” -Ruth Gordon
Rachel Overton, Tasktop Administrative Assistant

“”In an industry that often feels dominated by men, it’s inspiring to be surrounded by women who are not only fiercely dedicated to their work but also to the success and professional development of others.””
Laurel Heenan, Tasktop Marketing Programs Specialist 

“The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.””– Ayn Rand
Lori Hagewood, Tasktop Sr. Pre-Sales Engineer

“In March 2015, only 14.2% of the top five leadership positions at the companies in the S&P 500 were held by women. In a male-dominated space, it’s inspiring to see women being given their platform to speak, share their knowledge, and be leaders in the tech space. Today, on International Women’s Day, remember to be proud of the work you’ve done, strong with your initiative, and never stop fighting to earn your stop at the top!””
Zoe Jong, Tasktop Sales Operations Manager

“You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
Amyli McDaniel, Tasktop General Counsel

““During my 30 years in technology, there have been times when I was the only woman, or the first woman on a team, and there have been times when I have been one of many. There is no question in my mind that the most successful teams had several women. I can’t tell whether it’s because we brought a diversity of thought, or that a team that embraced diversity is predisposed to thinking outside the box. All I can say, and I can say it unequivocally, diverse teams are more successful.””
Betty Zakheim, Tasktop VP of Industry Strategy

““There has never been a better time in history to be a woman, but there is still a long road ahead to realize equality.  We, as women, have overcome many obstacles deeply rooted in social, religious and political history.  It is important to take pause and celebrate all that we have gained, but also bring to light the inequality and bias that still exists.  The power lies in no single individual, but the collective movement towards awareness and freedom.  I take today to celebrate with the women of the world how wonderful it is to have the opportunities that we have, to salute those who have fought so hard to gain those opportunities and to pledge to be part of that collective change for gender parity that International Women’s Day was set up to advocate.“”
Emily Kelsey, Tasktop Regional Sales Manager

“There’’s power in our uniqueness! Being a woman in an industry that is predominantly run and managed by men means that I have a unique voice.  It’s important to recognize and embrace what you, and you alone, can bring to the table.“”
Leah Black, Tasktop Account Manger, NA & Federal

“”Any woman who chooses to behave like a full human being should be warned that the armies of the status quo will treat her as something of a dirty joke… She will need her sisterhood.” -” – Gloria Steinem
Beth Beese, Tasktop Business Development Manager

“It’s our unique and personal experiences that shape and define us. How I aim to be perceived in the workplace is built on the foundation of willpower and a desire to persevere.””
Laura Horner, Tasktop Regional Sales Manager, Mid-Atlantic & Federal

“Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one.” – – Eleanor Roosevelt
Jill Charlton, Tasktop Human Resources Generalist

“As the minority gender in technology our voice adds a dimension and perspective that would not otherwise be heard. Our perspective and a seat at the table will allow us to shape the world’s future via technology.””
Kirstie Linse, Tasktop Regional Sales Manager

““Technology is transforming the world, permeating every aspect of our lives. From autonomous vehicles, to advanced genomics, to connected toasters, technology is truly reshaping the way we live and work. And we as women have an opportunity to help shape that new world, to be part of the process, and to lead the vision for this technology. Let’’s help each other to do that.””
Sarah Elkins, Tasktop VP of Demand Generation

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