In celebration of International Women’s Day 2019, we’re shining the spotlight on stories and spiels from 7 of our very own powerhouse women at Grab. From big narratives to little victories, dive right into their journey for #BalanceForBetter.
Here are their stories…
Backend Software Engineer, GrabExpress (USA)
“To all women: Be kind to yourselves. We are often very critical of ourselves and don’t give enough credit for the hard work we do or things we accomplish. We need to remind ourselves that it is okay for things to not always be perfect.
What’s most important is making progress in the right direction. Don’t hesitate to take the first step towards achieving your goals, even if you know there’ll be naysayers along the way. And most importantly, it is okay to ask for help! Don’t give up when times get tough — persevere, it will be worth it.”
Policy Strategy Manager | Trust, Identity & Safety (Singapore)
“During my time at Grab, I’ve realised that parity does exist between male and female employees and that’s honestly one of the things I love most about working here!
I’ve witnessed instances of micro-aggression against women at the workplace before, but fortunately, this is not the case at Grab.”
Product Analytics Lead | Product Analytics (Singapore)
“I don’t think being a woman has impacted my work experience except that women have access to social groups like ‘women in tech’ but men don’t? Jokes aside, it’s truly a blessing that Grab is a workplace that gives equal opportunities to men and women. It’s the impact that speaks for itself.”
Economics Lead | Regional Economics (Singapore)
“I don’t think gender makes a difference in the workplace, really. Ultimately, you are judged by the quality of your work, the value you bring to the company, and the relationships you build with your stakeholders. The culture here is very open and friendly — it’s easy to bond with everyone and form support networks with one another.”
Product Manager for Artificial Intelligence | Product Organisation (USA)
“Gender is a sensitive topic in the tech world in the US, and across the globe. Being a woman in this industry means oftentimes others automatically think you are “junior” or “not tech savvy”.
However, with such experiences you really learn to appreciate the minority individuals, men and women, who truly treat people equally — so, you pleasantly discover and realize that most of the time, those who are “gender-neutral”, “colour-blind”, and “age-insensitive” are the ones who speak for the future of tech.”
Data Science Lead, Transport | Data Science (Singapore)
“My advice to women coming into the tech industry:
First, focus on your interests and strengths; viewing your gender as part of the equation is counterproductive.
Second, strive to be self-aware of your weaknesses or knowledge gaps, and always keep on learning.
Lastly, be willing to take risks, get out of your comfort zone and work for it.”
Head of Growth Strategy & Operations | Growth Strategy & Operations (Singapore)
“Although being a woman has made me more aware of the unconscious biases that occur in the workplace, it has also presented many opportunities to instigate change. In particular, this inspired me to start Women@Grab, a community where we can share our learnings with each other.
As a result, I have become more empathetic towards the challenges faced by female drivers on our platform. For example, female GrabBike drivers are looked down upon in Indonesia, as being in close proximity to their passengers is viewed as them offering their bodies. While I do not have immediate solutions to such issues, I believe that creating awareness is the first step. I look forward to collaborating with everyone to drive the change this region sorely needs.”
We want to thank every single champion who has abled the success of those previously disadvantaged in our workplace, as we strive for #BalanceForBetter in Grab and our region’s communities.