A study found that only 6% of people in blockchain are women. I posted a story I’d written about an inspirational woman in blockchain on Reddit recently and some of the comments were disgusting – one decried it as ‘SJW cancer’ and others were equally unpleasant.

I’ve heard stories of women being targeted at conferences by unwanted sexual advances, women are regularly objectified on social media in the murky world which seems to be stuck in the past in terms of women’s rights. Women have been underestimated because of their height and patronized. The list goes on!

So what can be done to change these views and encourage more women to work in blockchain and fintech generally?

Dig deep

Lone Fønss Schrøder, CEO of Concordium, the business blockchain network, says: “It’s been important for me to develop the ability to force myself to dig deep into a subject which I might not have an interest in at first glance and allow myself to gain expertise in it. The more time is spent on a particular subject and the more persistent I have been about understanding it, the more interesting it becomes.”

She says she believes consistency, commitment and the ability to keep doing research and asking until you understand the fundamental principles of success will allow anyone to excel.

While female role models are important, she says, it is just as (if not more) important to “first understand how you define yourself. Do not let others try to stick a label on you.”

Dysfunctional working relationships

She advises not to “stay in dysfunctional working relationships, but rely and react on your good judgment.”

Citali Mora Catlett, strategy and special projects at B9lab, which provides blockchain education and training, says: “Although women seem to be coming into parity with men, gender balance in all its dimensions is still not a reality.

“Issues remain, especially in the tech industry, including pay gaps, a low representation of women and women leaving in the middle of their careers.”

She urges business cultures to encourage and actively promote a working environment of diversity, inclusion and equality, as well as making it possible for women to balance the high requirements of mastering the tech industry while reconciling career and family life.

Role models

“Women in tech are the biggest allies to gender balance, as they encourage other women to join the industry, serve as role models for future generations and contribute to finding solutions to improve the openness and inclusivity of the working environment.”

Serelin Zhang, IT Project Manager at Utopia Music, the blockchain-powered music tracking and attribution platform, says: “For women in tech to
achieve an equal footing with men, the industry as a whole has a responsibility to eliminate existing gender inequalities.”

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