In a male-dominated industry such as tech, it is more important than ever that female perspectives and voices are heard. For International Women’s Day this year, we had a conversation with the women of Coehl on celebrating IWD, gender equality and female role models that inspire them. Here are some notable highlights that came out of a passionate chat over coffee.
1) What does International Women's Day mean to you?
"Personally, International Women’s Day is a day to acknowledge and honour strong inspiring women around the world. Our experiences as women may vary greatly but I believe we face universal struggles in some ways, regardless of where we are. And I think that’s why IWD is so important, it’s a day to celebrate women who overcame their own obstacles and what they have achieved. It reminds us that women are capable of great things and seeing women thrive everywhere inspires me to dream bigger."
— Amanda Chan, Product Designer
2) What do you think of when you hear the words 'gender equality'?
"I think of a gender equal world, free of gender stereotypes and biases. As you know, women today wear many hats. We’re expected to perform at work, take care of the kids and keep the house clean. Thankfully, society perceptions are beginning to shift, and men’s home and family responsibilities are slowly increasing, albeit slightly. I believe we need to keep taking bigger steps forward to forge a world where women and men have equal rights, opportunities, and responsibilities at home and at work to make the most of their lives and talents."
— Gladys Phan, Product Designer & Mother of 2
3) Who’s your favourite female role model?
"That will be Coco Chanel. She was the first fashion designer to avoid the use of corsets and design clothes made from jersey, a material used mainly for menswear at that time. She was once quoted saying ‘I make fashion that women can live in, breathe in, feel comfortable in, and look younger in’. I believe she gave women of the 20th century the power to express themselves through fashion — and all that without compromising on comfort and elegance. I love that she challenged the fashion status quo back in her day and in doing so, changed the course of women’s fashion forever."
— Chee Ying, Creative Designer
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