As we celebrate Women's History Month, we're excited to celebrate one of our own employees who has made a big impact on the success of the company. We asked Michelle Vu, Engineering Manager at Craft, a few questions on her career path, the importance of fostering inclusive cultures and policies in the workplace for women, and more.
I was working in marketing and fundraising at a non-profit doing graphic design and communications when tasked with overseeing the redesign of the organization’s website. I was intrigued by the process, the code, and how the developers made forms function. The problems the developers solved in web applications were exciting and much more complex than the layout of an annual report. I fell in love with the possibility of building anything I wanted with just a computer and my ideas. The itch to learn how to code grew, and it didn’t go away. So I quit. I quit my career of six years and enrolled in code school full-time. After three grueling months of code school, I barely had enough skills to pass a junior developer job interview. I couldn’t believe it when I got three job offers. For a first-generation Vietnamese woman, it felt like getting a golden ticket into a tech chocolate factory.
Yes, absolutely. Diversity and inclusion are essential for any industry, and the tech industry is no exception. Women bring a unique and valuable perspective to the tech industry that can enhance innovation and problem-solving.
Every day, women drive cars, use bathrooms, live in houses, and use technology not designed for their needs. Women make up half of the population, and their experiences and perspectives are just as important as men's. However, the tech industry has historically been male-dominated, and there is still a gender gap in the industry today. Encouraging more women to pursue careers in tech can bring new perspectives, ideas, and solutions to the industry's challenges.
Moreover, a more diverse workforce can help companies better understand and meet the needs of diverse users and customers, leading to more effective and innovative products and services. Therefore, it's crucial to create a more inclusive environment in the tech industry and provide equal opportunities for all genders to contribute to its growth and success.
Remember, the tech industry needs more women and diversity to thrive, so don't be afraid to take risks, and speak up.
I always found it funny when a company says, “we’re a family company,” but doesn’t provide adequate maternity leave and none of the executives are women. As a pregnant woman, I’m grateful to Craft for offering paid parental leave even if my state laws do not require it. It makes a world of difference for first-time parents like me to transition into motherhood and continue my career. Adequate benefits and inclusive policies go a long way to help retain women in the workplace. Here are some more company inclusion strategies for women that have been found to work well:
On the other hand, some inclusion strategies for women that have not worked well include:
Overall, it's important for companies to develop comprehensive inclusion strategies that take into account the unique challenges faced by women in the workplace and provide targeted support to address these challenges.
Ultimately, progress in equitable representation and treatment for women in tech should involve creating an environment that encourages, supports and celebrates the contributions of women. It requires a comprehensive approach, involving not just individual companies but also wider societal changes that support gender equity in education and employment.