Today marks my one year anniversary at Apple Inc., but I can't say I'm celebrating.
Let me start off by saying how grateful I am to all the men and women that fought so hard throughout history for the women of today. I have opportunity, education, career and a voice. However, we have so far to go!
It wasn't that long ago that I was interviewing for a job in rural California, Calaveras county I'm calling you out. During my interview I was asked whether or not I planned to have children. I thought that was a little odd. It wasn't until a couple days later while talking to my brother in law about the interview, when I realized how wrong it was for them to ask me such a question. I never even got a phone call for a job I was, frankly, overqualified for. The position was given to a less qualified white male. How do I know this? He requested to connect with me on LinkedIn! Oh the modern day. My heart ached as I saw his resume, dismal compared to mine. There was only one reason he got that job over me.
Today my smile was gone, my chin was down and my heart felt just as it did that day. I was discouraged. It was then that I remembered all of those that fought for me, and I realized I must fight for all of those that come after me. I intend to continue fighting that fight for equality. I want to make sure little girls never experience what I did that day in Calaveras County.
Thanks for reading,
PS... I am excited to have just signed up for a few volunteer opportunities, one being with NCWIT.
PSS.... Here is the virtual middle finger Calaveras County! I ended up better off!
PSS........... I would really like to thank the wonderful Bay Area companies I have worked for. This is really the place for innovation and acceptance.