According to ACS Census data, the 2018 wage gap between women and men is $0.80—and that number increases for women of color.
On average, women continue to be hired and promoted at lower rates than men and, at senior levels, the gap in promotions is more pronounced for women of color (McKinsey Women in the Workplace 2017 study).
Although women fill close to half of all jobs in the U.S. economy, they hold less than 25 percent of STEM jobs, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.
This data shows the need for a change in tech and in the global workplace so our team decided to take action—we wanted to make an Impact.
Impact is Oracle Data Cloud’s first employee resource group and our goal is to increase gender diversity and parity across our organization. Our group has nearly 200 members who form a global community that serves as a forum for education, discussion, networking, and action.
Michelle Hulst, GVP of Marketing & Strategic Partnerships at Oracle Data Cloud and MAKERS board member, recently discussed being an executive sponsor of Impact and how Oracle Data Cloud is changing the game for women in the industry.
In March, we kicked off our first content event in San Francisco with a panel hosted by Michelle. We featured our own employees—Carly Crittenden, Senior Director, Sales; Divya Bellur, Senior Quality Assurance Engineer; and Emily Schwartz, Product Manager—who discussed what they learned from prominent women’s conferences.
Here are some key concepts they want every woman to know, straight from the 2018 MAKERS Conference and the Grace Hopper Celebration:
Don’t let fear get in the way of your career trajectory—be bold.
Consider what influence you have in your role to impact positive change.
Ask “why not?"
In May, we featured Sarah Eastman, the Chief Product Officer and co-owner of Boolean Girl. Sarah talked about her 15-year coding career, how she transitioned into her current role, and why it’s important to boost the representation of women in tech. Here are three key takeaways from Sarah’s talk:
Diversity is good for business.
DO NOT start a sentence with “This might sound really dumb, but …”
When it comes to career advice, talk to as many people as you can. People are naturally biased in favor of their own experience.
Along with education and discussion, Impact also is about action. Our group formed two task forces focused on important issues to our organization, including paid family leave and diversity in hiring.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, paid maternity leave increases worker retention and reduces turnover, helping businesses save money, time, and resources. But right now, only 12 percent of U.S. private sector workers have access to paid family leave through their employer.
Our goal is to build out an even more comprehensive family policy, making it easier for parents to spend time with their growing families, raise awareness of unconscious bias, and further boost diversity in the hiring process. The results of these initiatives will contribute to Oracle Data Cloud continuing to be a sought-after place to work for parents.
We’re also building out structured local Impact chapters to provide leadership opportunities for those interested in sparking change within their communities. By forming these local chapters, Impact members will broaden their network and expand their influence across the larger organization.
Our Impact activities emphasize Oracle Data Cloud’s commitment to fostering a strong, inclusive, and fair company culture.
About Kaitie English
Kaitie is a senior manager of internal communications for Oracle Data Cloud and the program manager for Impact.
Prior to joining Oracle Data Cloud, Kaitie led employee communications for the launch of the Oath brand and Verizon and AOL’s acquisition of Yahoo!.