As Women's Day approaches, we'd like to take a moment to reflect on the role of women in the tech industry and recognize their dedication and hard work. Women hold key roles on the High Mobility team, in Business Development, Sales, Design, and QA—and are a driving force powering our get it done attitude.
As Gloria Steinem said in her 1971 New York Times Op-Ed,
“The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn. We are filled with the popular wisdom of several centuries just past, and we are terrified to give it up.”
One particularly inspiring woman is Dr. Mae C. Jemison, the first African-American woman in space, almost 20 years after the Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova. Dr. Jemison studied chemical engineering and went on to become a medical doctor, and worked as a Peace Corps medical officer in Seara Leone and Liberia. From there, Dr. Jemison led an illustrious career as an astronaut, and completed a Bone Cell Research Experiment in space in 1992, logged 190 hours, 30 minutes and 23 seconds in space along the way.
Subsequently, she founded The Earth We Share, a science camp where young students collaborate and work on solutions to global issues.
Dr. Jemison’s career is a testament that the relentless pursuit of excellence can lead to great results but also makes it clear that the future isn’t always obvious until it’s arrived. If you’re there at the right time, with the right skills, don’t be surprised when new doors open.
We try to engender the same spirit at High Mobility; we’re continually innovating and adapting to the future while at the same time helping to shape it. Two members from our hard-working team chimed in with their thoughts about the future and about the work environment at High Mobility. Katharina, our Business Development Manager, recently shared these thoughts about the future of Mobility:
“Mobility to me is an evolution that promotes freedom – a space that is smart and reactive to needs. The future of mobility will provide us new opportunities that will require us to foster a spirit of cooperation across borders and industries to maintain the necessary data integrity and to ensure security.“
Zarah, also in Business Development, added:
“During my experience at High Mobility, I can definitely say that I feel that “the best idea wins”, or is getting attention and consideration, no matter who came up with it. Neither the hierarchical level nor the gender does influence discussions or decision-making. Thus, I feel High Mobility is a very equal, equitable, and fair working environment. And this culture is certainly driven, created, and reinforced at the C level. Women do not have to fight for their rights or to be heard, but rather it is cultivated from the privileged which makes everyone—or at least me, from a position as a female working student—feel very comfortable. The fact that people (well, I can only speak for myself) do not have to fight these struggles on the meta-level enables everyone to focus on their work, and removes the need to worry about inequality issues—which is great for the company culture and business results, too.”
For more information on the history of International Women’s day, please visit UN Women.