May 7, 2012

Because Sometimes I Buy From Companies Because Women Work There

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Red Umbrella Among Black

Growing up I knew I wanted to be a lawyer. I think I was 7 when I told my family. It was a family friend who inspired me. He was a legislative attorney, often traveling to Washington, DC to meet with members of congress and the president. I thought that was so cool!

As I got older I started to realize that I’d never met a woman attorney. Certainly, women lawyers had to exist. In the 1980s I started to see them on TV, not often in the best light, and it continued to fuel my drive.

Then it was time for law school and I was fortunate to have extraordinary women professors, access to powerful women attorneys and women judges. I knew I’d made the right choice.

Women in the workplace are very common. But when it comes to the tech industry, women are often missing. Sure, there are a few high profile women that are used as ‘poster women’. In general, though, there aren’t many women in the technology sector.

Years ago, when it came time to buy my first domain name, I went to a small company called GoDaddy. Based in Phoenix, it was my way to ‘shop local’ long before it was popular. Then I went to a seminar and the General Counsel of GoDaddy was speaking. I’d met someone who was doing what I dreamed – a lawyer in the tech sector! And over the years, while I’ve only met her once, I’ve watched Christine Jones and have learned from her.

I then noticed there was a woman leading the marketing team. Although, by this time there were a few high profile women in Silicon Valley. This was Phoenix, though. A very conservative state. Yet, here was a local company being led by women.

Despite what many may believe based on the ads GoDaddy has become known for, it’s a company that empowers women. While it is becoming more common to see women executives in corporate america, there’s something about the technology field that seems to be a big hurdle.

With a daughter who sees technology, science and math as viable career options, I need other women to point to and say “it is possible”. I can tell my daughter a million times that she can do anything she wants. But the fact remains that unless girls see women breaking down the barriers, and young women find women willing to crack the glass ceiling, my job as a mom is difficult. And just as I said I wanted to be a lawyer when I was 7 and no one told me it wasn’t possible, I’m glad I have a local company I can point to and tell my daughter that it is possible.

Choosing GoDaddy as my domain name registrar (and also other services) because it employes women probably isn’t the best factor for decision-making. However, I gave them a try for that exact reason because I wanted to know that the company I was doing business felt women in technology isn’t an anomaly. They keep my business because they provide good service AND continue to provide great role models for women in tech.

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Sara

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