"It is a day of gratitude, love and passion." Project Manager Marina Murdasova discusses what International Women's Day means to her.
What does International Women's Day mean to you?
It is a day of gratitude, love and passion. Gratitude towards all the achievements of generations that came before us. Love to condemn hatred, division and biases in the name of gender. Passion towards equality, participation and contribution in every field from military to politics to science and engineering. To sum up, it is a day of thanksgiving for the mundane and yet tremendous work of a mother, a wife and a comrade spanning centuries.
This year’s theme is "breaking the Bias", what will you do differently this year to help break the bias?
A divisive bias is a stereotype that subdues equality and discriminates based on gender. We need a world that doesn't divide but unite and cherish differences with open arms. I will promote a culture where great ideas come from all levels, genders, and races and make sure all voices are respected and welcome.
Who has been most influential woman in your life?
My mother is the most influential person in my life. She is the most sought-after person balancing practicality with emotions and always stands by should I need her.
What one thing would people be most surprised to learn about you?
I do celebrate three wedding anniversaries and, thankfully, no divorces. Yes, it's possible when you get married to the same person three times. My husband is Indian, I am Latvian, so we had a court marriage, a white dress Christian ceremony and a traditional Hindu wedding.
How did you get into your role; did you always know you wanted to do this?
I came from the lineage of engineers. My parents graduated from RTU (Riga Technical University), and my grandfather was a professor. It collectively shaped me consciously and subconsciously to continue our family's proud engineering history.
Is there any advice you would give to past, current, or future self, or to other women?
Advice to me: In this ever-changing tumultuous world of Technology where years of knowledge become obsolete before you know it and to cope with it, one should keep on learning, keep on thriving and keep on pushing the boundaries. Evolution in Technology is not a stagnant marsh but a surging river, and to survive, one has to give its best stoke forward.