equality

Nevertheless, She Persisted

By the members of Berkeley Women in Business

As a community of young women, we reject the misogynistic notions that females should be quiet. We stand in defiance to the messages telling us that women are incompetent or weak. We are a body of powerful, intelligent and successful women who would like to share a collection of personal experiences. These are our stories of persistence.

 

I was told that I’m incapable of managing a company, because I’m a young female. Instead of being valued for my intellect and experience, I was told that I’m “too pretty”. I prove those people wrong every day by continuing to grow my organization and create more success. I’d like to show the world that I am capable of any obstacle, through my strength, wisdom and courage.

#NeverthelessShePersisted

-Ana Mancia

 

As a woman pursuing a career in startups/venture capital, I've personally encountered sexism from male colleagues in the workplace who still inherently possess the notion that this industry, while traditionally male-dominated, should persist to be so. I prove these people wrong every day through my drive and passion to learn everything I possibly can about the industry, specifically my particular interest in financial technology, and my insatiable work ethic and persistence, whether that is generating as many startup leads as possible, speaking with entrepreneurs about their business models, or advocating for a particular deal from start to finish.

#NeverthelessShePersisted

- Anonymous

I have been diagnosed with mental disorders since my freshman year of high school. I battled anorexia then, and I battle depression and bipolar disorder now. But I know I am not defined by my illness. I continue to pursue my passion in technology, challenging the barrier against women in STEM. Now, I am an entrepreneur coach, a writer, and a contributor for Product Hunt. Without my past, I would not be the resilient and empowered woman I am today. I have, and will, continue to persist for passion.

#NeverthelessShePersisted

- Kat Nguyen

 

Though I have grown up with a supportive family, encouraging teachers, and affectionate friends, I’ve always been timid and afraid to step outside of my comfort zone. Every day, I see a new case of rape, gender inequality, abuse, illness, and terror whether I want to or not and every time, I am reminded of the egocentricity within me for not already having made a difference. I am an advocate for the quote “everything happens for a reason” and believe that I was given an eye for social issues for a reason. I know that things are a lot easier said than done, but I plan on making my words, ideas, and plans come to life no matter what serpentine path life takes me on... because that's what leaders do. What I am coming to realize is that me wanting to make a difference outside of my world is actually making an even bigger difference within myself.  

#NeverthelessShePersisted

-Suhitha Kosuri

 

I was interviewed for a intern position at a startup and very quickly, I realized that I was the only female in the office. My interviewer was very direct and the impostor syndrome started to set in. It was very intimidating at first, but I ended up being hired after I persisted to show them examples of my work. It ended up being one of the coolest groups of people I have ever worked with.

#NeverthelessShePersisted

- Angie Mejia

Growing up, I always felt pressured to look a certain way. This pressure led to years of self doubt, low confidence, and an obsession with weight loss. But eventually I realized that my value is not rooted in the way I look, but the way I think. Today I always try to focus on living a healthy lifestyle--for both my body and especially my brain.

#NeverthelessShePersisted

-Leila Mohaddes

As I was growing up, my mom was often forced to put her career on hold to help raise my brother and I. Especially in the fast paced world of tech, this put her goals at odds with family life. Over the years, she really emphasized to me the value of communication, and it was these skills that allowed her to strike a great work-life balance with the help of her superiors and colleagues. Her hard work has really paid off recently as I have gone to college, and I am so proud that she is able to pursue her passions in tech even more. I feel so lucky to have been brought up by someone that is so dedicated, kind, and a great role model.

#NeverthelessShePersisted

- Deeksha Chaturvedi

Woman of the Week: Edith Green

Congresswoman Edith Green (2nd woman senator from Oregon, served as a U.S. Senator from 1955-1974)

Congresswoman Edith Green (2nd woman senator from Oregon, served as a U.S. Senator from 1955-1974)

We Are WoWed Because:

This past week marked 2017’s “Equal Pay Day” across the United States. For this week’s WoW, we therefore want to recognize an inspiring woman who paved the way for equal pay in America.

Berkeley Women in Business appreciates Congresswoman Edith Green for all of her trailblazing in the United States Senate to establish equality for women in the workforce. Aside from helping pass other bills such as the 1972 Equal Opportunity in Education Act, better known as Title IX, Green notably introduced the “Equal Pay Act” in Congress over 50 years ago to try to mend the wage gap among genders. She faced extensive sexism in congress, but used her resources and personal drive to make positive change for women everywhere.

This week, and every week, BWIB educates women about their impact in the workforce, and we strive to emulate one of our role models, Congresswoman Edith Green, who impacted many future generations of women with her direct influence on the treatment of women in the workforce. Happy Equal Pay Day from all of us at BWIB!

How to be a Financially Independent Woman

By: Ana Claire Mancia

I will never forget the moment. I was 13, and chatting with a friend’s mother, who also happened to be the wife of an extremely wealthy, powerful Hollywood executive. We were sitting in her beautiful home in the LA Hills, as her personal manicurist scrubbed her feet. She looked me straight in the eye. 

“Don’t EVER depend on a man for money. Do you promise?”

I nodded, in shock.

“Promise me you will make your own income, start your own career, and never let your husband control all your finances.”

“Okay, I promise.”

I looked around her magnificent house; the sparkling marble tile and never-ending rooms. I watched all the maids scuttling around, making sure that lunch was prepared and nothing had accumulated dust in the past hour. My gaze turned back to the woman, as she examined her soapy feet. Everything made sense now.

I never forgot her words, and still keep them at the forefront of my brain. I am determined to create my own financial success and never be completely dependent on a man. The freedoms that come with providing for yourself are indescribable. You do not have to ask for permission to spend. You do not have to worry about creating a financial burden for your partner. You can feel 100% in control of your life, economically. With that, I have devised 5 guidelines for women seeking financial independence. 

1. Educate yourself in financial literacy. Understand your cash flow, and track your income and expenses. 

A financially independent woman knows exactly where her money is coming and going. She is extremely knowledgeable regarding money management and can make informed decisions with her financial resources. She does not overspend, and she documents her monthly cash flow. 

2. Identify your goals and set your budget. 

A financially independent woman has clear goals in mind. For example, perhaps the goal is to buy a new car. She sets her budget around those goals and manages her money accordingly. She takes responsibility, and understands that some sacrifice may be involved in order to reach those goals. 

3. Eliminate any debt. 

Eradicating debt should be a top priority. A woman cannot be financially independent until all debt is paid off. 

Further reading: http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/slideshows/10-easy-ways-to-pay-off-debt

4. In your relationship, maintain a level of equality in terms of financial responsibilities. 

Chances are, one partner will earn more than the other. That is completely okay. The most important thing is for both people to contribute what they can, and not to let the relationship be one-sided. Be honest and open with your partner, and split up the living expenses in a fair way. Find a proportion that works for both of you (ex: 60-40). However, there is an equal level of control. The most important concept is to avoid being completely dependent on someone, to the point where you are helpless without them. A financially independent woman holds herself accountable and is a valuable contributor. 

5. Learn to save and invest – early!

Plan for the unexpected by starting an emergency savings fund. Learn about the different securities you can invest in such as stocks, bonds, mutual funds and ETFs. Ask someone you trust to help you understand savings vehicles and how to save/invest intelligently. 

The more comfortable you become with these terms, the easier it will be to achieve financial independence. 

Resources: 

http://reachfinancialindependence.com/

https://www.womenandmoney.com/2013/02/01/financial-independence-for-women

About the Author:

Ana Claire Mancia is a UC Berkeley student planning to major in Business Administration and Political Science. At Berkeley Women in Business, she is on the Communications Committee and regularly writes blog posts for the organization. She is extremely committed to gender equality and the elimination of violence against women.