For International Women’s Day, we are celebrating the industry leaders who continue to break gender barriers
We, too, can be heard in the technology sector. Blue Planet Studio/Shutterstock
Roughly a century ago, women across the globe weren’t allowed to participate in anything outside of the four corners of their homes. We weren’t allowed to vote, inherit a property, apply for a loan, open a bank account, become an accountant or lawyer, and much much more.
Throughout those years, we have had prominent figures who dedicated most of their lives to fight for women’s suffrage, including Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, Ida Wells, Frida Kahlo, and Yuri Kochiyama, among others.
They have paved the way for women of today to enjoy all the benefits that were severely, even sometimes violently, restricted. But this, unfortunately, is an ongoing battle that we still face today.
That is why at the Asia Real Estate Summit (ARES) 2020: Virtual Edition held last December 2020, we gave some of the most influential and inspirational women leaders of the industry a platform to showcase their successes, their insights, their line of work.
The summit has grown exponentially from having just around five or six women on stage in 2018 and previous years to more than a third women speakers at the recent 2020 and 2019 summits, including proud members of the LGBTQ+ community. These women and LGBTQ+ members have shown us that we, too, can lead the real estate and proptech sectors to success, despite still being mostly male-dominated, according to the Insider.
Whereas in the real estate sector, Real Estate Express revealed that women have gone up in numbers, but the divide still exists, from being underestimated by their male colleagues to experiencing sexist dress codes to struggling with the gender pay gap. However, with such powerful women still fighting to be heard in their respective industries, all is not lost.
Women in real estate have gone up in numbers, but the divide still exists. Gorodenkoff/Shutterstock
The strong female line up at the summit clearly demonstrates just how the real estate sector has fully embraced women in power, enabling them to take the lead on sustainability, green technology, and the new economy post-pandemic.
Among them is Taiwan's first transgender digital minister Audrey Tang who shared ways in which Taiwan leads in open innovation, collaborative governance, and sustainable infrastructure. Deb Noller, the chief executive officer of Switch Automation, also joined the summit where she spoke about energy efficiency and carbon footprint reduction through meaningful data.
The head of global internship programme at Microsoft Miri Rodriguez was also present to discuss the importance of brand storytelling in a socially distanced world.
Yet, these are just some of the key points these female leaders discussed at the summit.
A preview of the 2020 Asia Real Estate Summit virtual world
For International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, it is our great pleasure to honour these women, along with their valuable contributions to the industry: