A Conversation with Blacklane’s Women in Tech

In honor of International Women’s Day, we sat down with Software Engineer Aakriti, Product Manager Alix, Senior Technical Product Manager Andreea, Senior UX Researcher Katalin, Quality Assurance Engineer Sofia, and Visual Designer Viktoria to talk opportunities and work culture.

A few highlights from our discussion:

At Blacklane, it makes no difference whether you are a woman or a man — gender is irrelevant. What’s important is the work we do, together. And that’s the way it should be, not only in tech, but in every single industry.

Men who support equal opportunities should be commended, and it’s only by acknowledging and praising their attitude that it becomes the norm. At the end of the day, what counts is your work.

(Sidenote: This is the idea behind the photo, women and men working on the same team at Blacklane because they are simply great at what they do.)

We never stop to think about being a woman. We know we are, but it has nothing to do with work. Overall, the feeling is one of optimism: The percentage of women in the tech industry will keep on growing until it becomes normal, just like it used to be 50 years ago with lawyers and doctors.

One very successful way to encourage women to work in tech is to set up mentoring programs similar to the one Blacklane supports when it opens its doors to Rails Girls teams every summer.

Our brilliant women in tech are quite the international group: Romanian, Portuguese, Indian, Hungarian, French and Kazakh. How very Blacklane!

Happy International Women’s Day!