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Celebrating International Women’s Day at Muse

March 8, 2021

There is a gender gap in the modern workforce. And we see it every day in everything from politics to pay. Even as women leaders in healthcare, education, and tech, they are still outnumbered, outranked, and outearned by their male counterparts (1). So today, March 8th, for International Women’s Day (IWD), we’re joining our global community in working for gender parity and income equality. Here’s why this is specifically important in tech, how we’re celebrating IWD at Muse, and look at our women in their own words.

Women In Tech and Gender Diversity at Muse

For International Women’s Day this year, the theme is Choose to Challenge. Because “a challenging world is an alert world. And from challenge comes change (3).” At Muse, we’re participating by celebrating women’s achievements, raising awareness about equality, challenging biases, and forging positive visibility of women. 

Our mission? To help people live happier, healthier, more connected lives through mindful practices and human-centered technology. We work to do this for each member of our Muse community as well as each member of our company team. As part of the larger, predominantly male world of tech, we believe who we choose to hire can make a difference. Not only do we strive for gender equality, but we also work to keep inclusion, compassion, and integrity at the core of what we do. 

“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist, nor to any one organization, but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights (2).”  – Gloria Steinem

International Women's Day

Statistics in the Workforce

In tech, only 25% of the workforce is women. Since we founded Muse, we’ve been working to change this. Of our 45 employees, women make up 49% of our overall staff and 56% of our senior staff. 

To work for and encourage equal pay, we perform internal equity reviews and are increasing our pay transparency. Being transparent about pay is a simple step companies can take to help close pay gaps by gender and other underrepresented groups. While we know we can do more, we believe we’re headed in the right direction. 

“We are always looking to learn more. We recently joined the 50/30 initiative to boost our knowledge, tools, and strategies. This will help us adopt best practices to support a diverse, equitable team who can bring themselves as they are to do great work.”  – Tracy Brown, Muse HR Director

Aside from supporting women in their tech careers, we actively work to make the day-to-day life at Muse inclusive, supportive, and collaborative. We try new things together, we learn together and we make mistakes together. But rather than talk about our women, we thought it would be interesting for you to hear from them directly. Here are the women of Muse on why they chose tech, what inspires them, and tips they have for future women in tech.

International Women’s Day at Muse

Hear what women of Muse have to say about being in tech:

Ariel Garten, International Women's Day

Ariel Garten, Co-Founder & Chief Evangelism Officer

“I started as a woman in tech, the CEO of a hardware start-up, over a decade ago. At that point, there were no incubators specifically for women, no funding sources. Now there is an incredible wealth of opportunities and support. It’s never been a better time to be a woman in tech.” 

Nathaly, International Women's Day

Nathaly Arraiz Matute, Technical Lead of Hardware

“When you are one of few women in any room you have this attention and responsibility, whether you want it or not, to speak for and make way for other women to join you. I really hope to be a part of this by speaking to any prospective engineer, sharing my experience and advice. But I hope to have an even bigger impact by being part of the decision making and the policy changing to allow for greater opportunities for all.”

Alyson, International Women's Day

Alyson Baker, Customer Care Associate

“The women who work here are some of the most driven, kind, and talented people I’ve worked with. They push you to be your best and motivate you to learn and grow with new opportunities every day. These types of relationships are extremely beneficial in personal and professional development, and I sincerely believe that Muse is changing the lives of women in tech.”

Naseem, International Women's Day

Naseem Bawa, General Counsel 

“Working in tech gives me the opportunity to work with smart, creative, and passionate people while continuously learning in a fast-paced environment. I support women I work with by maintaining a “virtual open-door” and encouraging and supporting them to recognize their achievements and find their voice. Continue to make time for self-improvement and learning and make sure it’s because you’re interested in it or it serves a larger goal.”

Madison Ramsay

Madison Ramsay, Marketing Coordinator

“Network. When I first started applying for jobs I would research the companies I wanted to work for, then apply online. This strategy never works. If you want to get a job in tech, reach out to people in your network or better yet, cold message employees working at companies you’re interested in working for and invite them out for a coffee chat.”

Mirkena

Mirkena Dollani, VP of Finance

“Working with a talented team fueled my motivation and creativity and helped me grow professionally. It is inspiring to be surrounded by an innovative team that discovers new opportunities every day, delivers great results on very aggressive goals, and supports the company’s future growth and success. I am impressed by how the company embraces diversity and gender equality and proud to be part of this game-changing organization.”

Cait Brown

Cait Brown, Customer Care Associate

“Previous to Muse, I worked at a solar energy company as the only woman at the company. In my previous and current role, there was a significant product learning curve. Working with our Director of Software Engineering, she has always taken the time to educate and translate the complexity of a development issue in a way that I can understand and pass forward to enhance the customer experience.”

Marcella

Marcela Guerra, Director of Software Engineering

“I was lucky to have amazing colleagues and female role models when I started my career in tech. I’m extremely grateful and I try to give back as much as a can—being there for my teammates, supporting WIT groups, having coffee with people who want to understand what it’s like to work in the tech industry. It’s awesome that we have so many amazing groups out there empowering girls and women to join the tech industry. Tech is definitely for all of us!”

Jessica

Jessica Nguyen, Manager of Customer Care

“There’s a place for you in tech.” That’s what I wish I knew before joining a tech company. The thought of exploring a new field was filled with doubt, uncertainty, and fear. While the journey naturally contains those feelings, I am constantly reminded of the belonging I feel with the people who have forged the path ahead of me, the camaraderie I feel with those that are forging a path alongside me, and the experience I can help create for those that will come after me.”

Nadia

Nadia Kumentas, VP of Marketing

“The move into health-tech was an exciting way to have a larger positive impact on a wider audience. I’ve had a great deal of support through female and male mentorship and personally try to support in-kind whenever I can. Choosing to work at a company like Muse that puts diversity and equal opportunity at the forefront of their company ethos has also made my progression as a “female in tech” feel effortless.”

 

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References:

  1. Read “This Is The Power Gap: Explore the Investigative Series and Data” in The Globe and Mail here.
  2. Read “Here’s to the memory of Gloria Steinem and the other women who struggled for equality” from the Seattle Times here
  3. Learn more about International Women’s Day here.

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