International Women’s Day – March 8th

March 8th is International Women’s Day, the day that marks the fight for women’s rights.  It is a great occasion to celebrate women’s achievements and the remarkable advancement they have made in the workplace.  It has not been an easy fight, and it is not over yet. Many countries still struggle with some basic rights such as the right to education, vote, work, or holding a public office.   

Keep reading for more information about International Women’s Day, Women in Tech and Women in our team:

The Women’s Rights Movement

One of the very first signs of women’s rights movements happened in 1647 when Margaret Brent demanded two votes from the Maryland Assembly: one as a landowner and one as the legal representative of the colony’s proprietor, Lord Baltimore.   The biggest movement did not happen until 1848 when women’s suffrage movement eventually resulted in women gaining the right to vote for the first time in history.  

Women have come a long way in their fight for equal rights.  As a result of their struggle, today we have many powerful and influential women in business (i.e. Sharon White, Irene Rosenfeld, Lynn L. Elsenhans), politics (i.e. Angela Merkel, Sanna Marin), and tech (i.e. Sheryl Sandberg, Abby Kearns, Padmasree Warrior, Ginni Rometty).  Yet the numbers still need to rise as although many of these exemplary women exist, the number is not proportional to the population, as less than 30 percent of people in the tech scene are women. This is while women have played a significant role in tech. For instance Ada Lovelace as the first programmer in the world. 

The question is no longer if women are capable and interested in tech.  Women such as Ada have proved the gender case irrelevant. So what is the reason for this huge gap in diversity in the tech industry? What’s keeping women away from the tech industry in general?  It is a question we will leave you with as it needs a lot of further discussion and studying of many factors in our societies. But for now!  

Happy International Women’s Day

Here are some ways to celebrate this day:

  • Raise awareness about the struggles of women
  • Honor women’s achievements
  • Question your assumptions about what people can and can’t do based on gender
  • Finding ways to recruit more women in the workspace and allowing them to prove themselves

Our Female Colleagues

Finally, on this special occasion, we want to thank all the women in our company, who have become role models for the next generation. 

We are proud of you!

We asked our female colleagues to write about themselves. Keep reading to know more about them: 

NameJob TitleDepartment
Sara LenzSales & Account Managera9s Sales & Account Management
Jessica SchusterHuman Resources Managera9s Human Resources
Insa GasperCorporate Administratora9s Corporate Administration
Monika DondorfFull Stack Web Developera9s Cloud-Native App Development 
Samaneh NasihatkonDigital Marketing Managera9s Marketing
Melanie SiemannFinancial Assistanta9s Finances 
Veronika IurchenkoProject Managera9s Platform

Sara Lenz

Hey, it’s Sara (@SL_SaraLenz). I have been working at anynines for more than 8 years now. 

I started as a Project Manager back in 2011, continued working in Human Resources for some time, and after finding my passion and receiving proper further training, I started to work as Sales & Account Manager.  I have also been the organizer of several events such as CFSummit Unconference, Cloud Foundry and Berlin PaaS Meetup and Cloud Tech Community Meetup

During the years, I learned a lot from all these various experiences.  It was important to me to try my hands in various positions but never wanted to change my company.   

As a Sales Manager, you meet/talk (to) a lot of different customers and it is always fascinating and simultaneously complex to work on such a variety of job responsibilities such as making the first contact, going over a proof of concept and developing it, until getting to a signed contract.

I appreciate that diversity hasn’t changed within the last years as well as the flexibility that we have, e.g. join several conferences all over the world 🌍 and work from everywhere you can also to be yourself in combination that everyone is kind to each other.

One of the sustainable experiences that I made during the years is to be quantified also to be encouraged to try out new things also to outgrow from your self-made box-thinking. 

But one thing I would like to change: more women in tech companies ☝🏻😁

Jessica Schuster 

Hey there, I am Jessica (@jschuster_a9s), the HR Manager of anynines

I joined the company four years ago as the first “official” HR Manager, which was very exciting for me [and I think for the team, too 😉]

It was even twice as exciting because it also was my first job after my master studies in Business Administration at the Saarland University, but all colleagues made me feel like I have always been part of their working life. 

Within these four years, I have been granted a lot of freedom, flexibility, and variety in my daily tasks. 

I enjoy working with my colleagues, always being supported by them if needed. We all take care of each other as much as we can, laughing a lot so, and providing unconditional support.   Being a part of this team is what makes me proud of being part of anynines.

Insa Gasper

My name is Insa. I’ve been working at anynines in Saarbrücken for 5 years. I started as a working student in financial accounting and as I felt very comfortable in this company, after my graduation, I continued working as a corporate administrator.  

As a team member, I have always felt welcomed and valued.  Many generous gestures have made such a big difference in the quality of our relationships such as receiving small gifts on holidays or always receiving support when any problem arises.  

I find it very remarkable that anynines always endeavors to ensure the well-being and needs of its employees.  I need to mention that we were even given a massage chair! Last but not least is our monthly breakfasts with wonderful fresh fruit that I enjoy very much.  :) 

Monika Dondorf

Hi there, I’m Monika (@santa_nika). I’ve been working as a Full Stack Web Developer at anynines for almost 4 years.

The reason I joined the anynines family was mainly that they accept me as I am and do the best efforts to fulfill my urge for a flexible work-life-balance. We indeed care about each other: you can express your opinion frankly and your concerns are taken seriously.

Working in a mainly male-dominated industry, in former companies, I had experienced harsh misogynistic comments and ignorance within the team.  anynines would not stand for none of that and that is so important. The more satisfied I am about professionally contributing my work without ever having to worry about my gender is the norm here, as it should be!

What I also like about being at anynines are all those small lovely gestures: like coming to the office and discovering those small chocolates on your desk to special occasions like on Advent season, Easter or Get Well wishes during longer absences. At anynines you always feel welcome and cared for.

Over the last years, I used to volunteer as a coach for the non-profit organisation RailsGirls. During their workshops we accompanied other girls of all levels (from beginners to computer science students) to create their first Ruby on Rails application. I really enjoyed the intimate and joyful atmosphere and to see how some of those girls took up their career as developers afterwards.

Samaneh Nasihatkon

This is Samaneh (@snasihatkon), I am a Digital Marketing expert and have been working at anynines as Digital Marketing Manager for the past year. During this time anynines has been much more than a workplace or office for me, it has become my second family.  During my short time at the company, I have particularly enjoyed our great summer and christmas parties. 

We have 2 offices in Germany, Berlin and Saarbrücken. I am working from Berlin. I remember the first time I traveled to Saarbrücken and how much I felt welcome there as well, just as much as I felt welcome in Berlin since day one.  And the opportunity to travel between the two offices has been exciting for me as I love to travel. Seeing the welcome screen was so exciting for me, which is a routine for any new member. If you are considering joining us, don’t hesitate, apply now

Here are the reasons I am completely satisfied with the anynines family:

  • Work-life balance 
  • Team-work
  • Family environment and understanding of all situations
  • Great chance of conference visits
  • Great chance of Self-development 
  • Travel for work 

Melanie Siemann

I’m Melanie and I’m an Accounting Assistant at anynines.

I joined the team 6 months ago.

I was warmly welcomed from day one and immediately felt part of the “anynines family”.

Beyond everyday work, there are also many interesting offers, such as sporting activities, bar camp or jam sessions.

It is never boring because you can learn something new every day.

Veronika Iurchenko

Hi, I’m Veronika (@nichka3), and I joined a9s only recently. I am a professionally qualified IT project manager and certified scrum master with five years of experience in IT and two years in finance.

In 2016 I was lucky to be a part of a TechWomen program where I had the chance to spend a month in Silicon Valley and had a mentorship program at Adobe. It was a great experience because I’ve recognized how women’s support for women in the working place can look like. It doesn’t mean that I didn’t have support at my workplace at that time, but it was different. Many people do not recognize how important the support from the internal women’s community is, how it helps you to succeed in the working place more, and how empowered you feel. Even myself didn’t recognize these at that time either.  

Working with different people from all over the world, I received extensive intercultural knowledge and improved my communication skills in general. I’m still learning a lot and I’m broadening my mind over time. And what I understand is that we all need more tolerance, understanding, and empathy.

I see advantages in sharing information, so I am spreading the word about IT and programming among school students. I invested time in developing Kyrgyzstan’s community by initiating conferences (we held the first PyCon and JS conferences in Central Asia). 

Besides that, I pay more attention to the underrepresented groups of people and co-organized the first Django Girls event in our country in 2017. After the event, several people recognized that, in fact, they were not interested in programming (Which is pretty cool, as it saves so much time and unproductive efforts for them, and they found another expertise more suitable for them). Many other Django Girls event’s attendees continued their way, and some of them have already become developers. 

I also trained and mentored girls at the Technovation Challenge project in Kyrgyzstan.  

Sharing is caring. I may be too naive, but I want to see a brighter and more equal future for people around the world.


Once again,

Happy International Women’s Day


Sources 

[1] International Women’s Day

[2] Women’s Rights

[3] Women’s Suffrage Movement — Facts and Information on Women’s Rights

[4] The Woman Suffrage Movement

[5] Women’s History Milestones: A Timeline

[6] Women’s rights movement

[7] Faces of the German women’s movement.

[8] Women in tech: What’s the real problem?

[9] Ada Lovelace: The First Computer Programmer

[10] 15 of the Most Powerful Women in Tech

[11] 5 of the most powerful women in business in 2019

[12] Top 10 Female CEOs & Influential Business Women of American Companies

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