The tech industry is notorious for its male-dominated culture, and unfortunately, the blockchain space can still feature it for at least some time.
although Female cryptocurrency investors are on the rise, Men still make Most job positions within the blockchain sector. This can happen for a number of reasons, such as Lack of funds for women-led blockchain companies Or the ever-present gender pay gap in technology. According to recent The data Assembled by AI-driven marketplace Haier, female candidates for tech jobs received 3% less salaries than their male counterparts.
Discouraging, women leaders in the blockchain space are taking action to ensure equality by allowing women to have their voices heard at industry events.
A blockchain event for women
In particular, programs run by women for women are becoming a popular concept in the blockchain sector. More recently, Oasis Labs chief operating officer Anne Fowler-Willis – a privacy-enabled blockchain platform – Host A virtual “Blockchain Leaders Mentorship” event featuring two panels featuring women in the blockchain.
The panelists came together to discuss their participation in the blockchain, resources for learning about the region, and ways to advance female participation. Fowler-Willis told Koinclag that the event was aimed at helping other women, while serving as a resource for those who want to get involved in the blockchain industry:
“We think these events will definitely help women to become more involved in the space and to seek opportunities to help them grow. About other successful women in the industry joining this ‘unusual’ space Being able to listen to talk shows that young women want to learn more or get involved. “
According to Fowler-Willis, the Blockchain Leadership Mentorship event was specifically aimed at women who want to break into the blockchain and crypto space, as well as those looking to transition from trade finance to fintech Huh.
Fowler-Willis further noted that the cryptocurrency and blockchain sector needed more high-caliber talent to move forward. As such, they believe that an event for women organized by women can help make this path more accessible while giving panelists a chance to network with each other.
Also, recently The research Blockchain consulting firm BDC Consulting found that it is necessary for women to speak at crypto conferences to attract female participation in the space.
Inspirational insights shared from women leaders
While it is important to recognize the need to include female speakers at blockchain events, several inspiring insights were shared during the Oasis Foundation’s Blockchain Leaders mentorship panel.
For example, Bridget Greenwood, founder of The Bigger Pie – an organization focusing on supporting women in blockchain and emerging technology – mentioned during the second panel that she joined the blockchain space due to financial inclusion Has gone. “There was a financial crisis in 2008, where reliable, centralized systems failed,” Greenwood said. However financial inclusion prompted Greenwood to engage with bitcoin (B T c), She also noted that many other women were not doing so, which seemed to discourage her:
“There are some really amazing women in the space, and I want to continue helping to get into the next group of people. I can see that we will have another generational transfer of wealth, and I don’t want any generation left. I see my role as ensuring that these amazing women are seen and supported. ”
While financial inclusion has proved to be a motivator Factor To engage with the blockchain, it is interesting to note that some panelists joined the space for other reasons. For example, Nadia Hewett, the project lead for blockchain and digital currency at the World Economic Forum, explained during the second session that she entered the blockchain arena because of her background in supply chain management:
“I entered the blockchain space as part of the digitization wave seen in previous years, where companies see emerging technology and digitization to solve social and business problems. When I started reading about blockchain, So I couldn’t stop because I understood how it could solve supply chain challenges. “
Hewett mentioned that he eventually started working with the blockchain team at the shipping giant Maersk TradeLens will develop blockchain platform. “Blockchain is just a tool to enable new commercial and business models that could not be done before,” she said. Since then, Hewett explained that she has been working on several projects with the World Economic Forum, specifically focusing on data sharing and privacy protocols.
In addition to discussing how each panelist became involved in the blockchain arena, several women shared advice for newcomers entering the space.
Vanessa Graletta, head of portfolio growth at Coinfund – a crypto asset-focused investment firm – noted during the first panel that the “openness” of information within the crypto space to allow both men and women to contribute information in the field Is important for Graylett also commented that many telegrams and other social media groups allow individuals to connect directly with others in the industry, creating an encouraging environment for those wanting to join.
Layne LaFrance, Co-Founder of Cryptocurrencies and Flow Product Lead Panelist at Dapper Labs, further noted that female newcomers should also get a sense of comfort when they have discomfort. “Being comfortable with not knowing is important. If you are joining this panel today as a participant, you probably know more than you think,” she commented.
Motivation to join
Given the discussions during the Blockchain Leaders mentorship event, Fowler-Willis hopes that these panels will serve as another resource to help women find like-minded women in the blockchain. She also said that these discussions could encourage women who do not already have a technical background to join.
Other women in the blockchain sector feel the same. For example, Miami community leader Maria Sabando told Cointeclague that she is organizing a women’s event during the Bitcoin 2021 conference to be held in early June in Miami. The event is called “Mermaid knight”, And aims to expose women to the bitcoin sector.
According to Sabando, the presence of women in Bitcoin 2021 will be less than 15% at most as it often is in the case of other crypto conventions and in the representation of speakers. He said:
“Mermaid Happy Hour Event strives to be a ‘must-attend’ for the crypto community to connect directly with its favorite #cryptotwitter female personality. Given that the space is already underrepresented, we women in conference days Wanted to create an acceptable environment that could be curious but intimidating.
Echoing Sabando, the founder of Woman 4 Blockchain and the origin of decentralized finance fund ForceDAO, Anna Vladi, told Coinclague that although the blockchain and decentralized finance sector are still hot, the place is still male-dominated.
Vladi is aware that learning about blockchain and Defy can make women afraid, which is why programs and educational courses are important for women. Vladi said: “As a woman at Defy, it is our responsibility to bring others with us. We need other women to show that this area is not complicated and intimidating.”