I must admit that I was surprised when a colleague asked me to write about my view on gender in the tech industry.
You see, I am a man. And the occasion is the 108th International Women’s Day.
But I think I understand the request.
I work in a role historically dominated by women (writing and design). I report to women in roles historically dominated by men (sales and marketing). I am twenty-four years old and early in my career.
Here, then, is my view.
Growing up, I watched my mother, one of the most intelligent people I know, give up her dreams of advanced study after being told there was no room for women in the academic world. I watched too many of my female friends and classmates make similar choices.
I believe in gender equality because of my mother.
I believe in gender equality because we are all human, and because our shared dignity will always eclipse our differences. We all have a right to impact our world.
I believe in gender equality because an equal world is a prosperous world. Firms with women on their boards outperform those without. Societies that protect equal rights are more just, stable, and innovative than those that do not.
I believe in gender equality because gender balance on design teams results in smarter, safer, more ethical products.
And that is why I am proud to work at Xledger.
(some of the women of Xledger)
Xledger was cofounded by software architect May-Helen Kvarberg, and female programmers work at every stage of our development process. Our global team is 36% female, with women managing marketing in all four offices.
“Xledger isn’t about male or female,” declares May-Helen. “It’s about skill. You belong here if you can do the work. Can you deliver results? Are you the right person for this role? That’s what makes us great.”
Xledger is also a proud supporter of Compass31, an organization working to end sex trafficking in Southeast Asia. Compass31 cares for, educates, and equips female survivors from first rescue to college graduation and beyond.
To learn more about how Xledger promotes parity, please reach out. We’d love to speak with you.
 Kate Nustedt of Women to Women (an Xledger customer).