Women at Nua: Four Ways to Help Women in the Workplace on International Women's Day

In celebration of the International Women’s Day, we asked the amazing women at Nua Group to share their thoughts on the biggest challenges women face in the workforce, ways to improve happiness at work and how they plan to spend the 8th of March.  


 

Laura Muldoon

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What's the biggest challenge women face in the workplace these days? And what's the solution to this problem?

Women still face an uphill battle fighting the stereotypes that have played a big role in other challenges like pay inequality and lack of opportunities. When women stand up for themselves, for example, to negotiate a salary, they are often seen as difficult to work with and immediately start as an underdog. The solution lies at the leadership level. Leaders need to set the tone by advocating for women as leaders, encouraging them to speak up, and recognizing when others may be judging women unfairly.  

What's one thing that women can do that could make a positive impact on their happiness at work?

Stand up for yourself, and don't be afraid to have those uncomfortable conversations to ask for what you deserve - you will respect yourself, and be more respected by others, if you do.

How will you celebrate the International Women's Day?

By appreciating how far women have come, and personally how far I've come, to be confident in who I am and what I'm doing in both work and home life.


 

Carine Schneider

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What's the biggest challenge women face in the workplace these days? And what's the solution to this problem?   

That’s a big question! There are so many issues that impact women including pay inequity, opportunity/advancement inequity, and harassment. The change will come when both men and women decide to make changes to promote a fair and positive work culture, to measure that this is indeed happening and to remove those men and women who do not behave in a manner that supports all professionals.

What's one thing that women can do that could make a positive impact on their happiness at work?

Supporting and mentoring other women in the workplace make a world of difference, I think every woman needs to find a mentor and meet with that person on a frequent basis and I think everyone should donate at least one hour per month to mentor a younger co-worker.

How will you celebrate the International Women's Day?

I will be buying from women-owned businesses. I believe in putting my wallet to work to make a difference. (Note: Nua Group supports BuyFromWomen campaign by WorldWideWomen.)

 

Tabya Sultan

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What's the biggest challenge women face in the workplace these days? And what's the solution to this problem?

Women are not provided equal economic opportunities in the global workforce. There are still gender stereotypes that prevent women from thriving in the workplace - women are perceived, in the vast majority of the world, as "caretakers" for a family and are not given a chance to grow equally like men towards positions of power and prosperity.  

A step towards a solution is having more women in roles of power who speak on behalf of the women who are not given a fair chance to prosper. Organizations and leaders need to acknowledge the problem and embrace diversity in the workplace and make the policy changes to prevent women from being a marginalized group globally. When women succeed, communities will thrive.

What's one thing that women can do that could make a positive impact on their happiness at work?

Don't be afraid of defining both your personal and career priorities and letting your work know about them. Find mentors and support in others who you can discuss your goals with to make them actionable in both your work and life outside of work.

How will you celebrate the International Women's Day?

Today too many women are struggling to provide support for themselves and their families in areas of crisis. I plan to support and advocate for organizations dedicated to helping Rohingya women in their self-recovery from the violence and injustices they have experienced recently in Myanmar.


Jennifer Shenker

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What's the biggest challenge women face in the workplace these days? And what's the solution to this problem?

Lack of paid family and medical leave is a huge issue for working families, women and men included, but it impacts women particularly hard when it comes to career trajectory, financial well being, and physical health. The US lags far behind other high-income countries, and the situation is only getting more urgent as increasing numbers of women are emerging as caregiver to both young children and aging parents simultaneously.  

What's one thing that women can do that could make a positive impact on their happiness at work?

Figure out what you enjoy most about your work - something you do, someone who you work with, a new skill you are learning - and do it every day.  

How will you celebrate the International Women's Day?

I will be spending the day with my 2-year-old daughter. She's the best teacher I've come across yet about living joyfully in the present moment and being kind to yourself and others.

 

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