Celebrating Women's Impact in Tech: International Women’s Day 2024

The 8th of March marks International Women’s Day 2024, a global celebration of women’s incredible achievements, raising awareness, and encouraging others to advocate for gender equality. This year, the United Nations (UN) theme for International Women's Day is “Invest in Women: Accelerate Progress”, with a key mission of this year's event to help forge inclusive work cultures where women's careers thrive and their achievements are celebrated.

In honor of International Women's Day 2024, we sat down with Dr Reggie Sangha, Medical Director at Content Guru, and Meera Dasai, Support Engineer and Service Manager to discuss the evolving role of women in the tech industry.

Dr Sangha, with a career spanning both medical and technology fields, shared insights into the transformative impact women have had on healthcare innovation, remarking “I have witnessed first-hand an increasing number of women taking on crucial roles, contributing their unique perspectives to innovate and drive advancements in healthcare.

Dasai also agreed, “I believe we are witnessing a positive shift towards greater inclusivity and recognition of the valuable skills women bring to the table. Whereas traditionally many leadership positions were held by men, the evolving landscape of technology has broadened to become increasingly diverse, and resonate with progressively varied perspectives and voices.”

Highlighting the collaborative edge women bring, Dasai emphasized, “In my role in support engineering, collaboration and problem-solving are key, and having diverse perspectives, including those of women, enhances my team's ability to effectively address problems.”

Dr Sangha also agreed that this expertise also expands into the realm of patient care, “Women often bring a collaborative approach to problem-solving and positive team working energy! This translates directly to the development of innovative solutions that prioritize the patient experience. We also represent unique challenges that female patients face, that might not have been necessarily considered in a tech environment otherwise.”

Dasai added, “In addition, women often have a strong focus on empathy and communication, which are crucial skills when trying to provide excellent customer support. Better communication means that we have a better understanding of our customer’s needs, building lasting relationships and ultimately contributing to higher customer satisfaction and loyalty.”

In a powerful message to aspiring young women in tech, Dr Sangha added some final words of inspiration: “Don’t be afraid to speak up, share your unique perspectives, and make a meaningful impact.  Believe in yourself and the value you can bring to the world, if I can do it having come from a working-class background so can you, it takes persistence, perseverance and passion.”