TALKING ABOUT CORPORATE SEGREGATION:
Q & A with Shanthi Rajaram
Tremendous changes have occurred for women in the workforce since 1963. For instance, the women’s labor force participation has increased by a whopping 53% over the last 50 years! This surge can primarily be accredited to:
- Laws (like the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act) that are helping to promote equality for women
- More women attempting to tackle the conundrum of balancing their career and family life
- The increase of mothers joining the workforce (54.4% to 70.5%)
While these statistics and causes narrate a compelling story of female progression, these numbers also indicate certain aspects of the workforce that remain stagnant. The Census Bureau notes that there has not been any significant changes regarding the types of jobs women are obtaining. A Huffington Post artical says, “women continue to be overwhelmingly employed in certain occupations that have been traditionally oriented toward women.”
In the late 1900s, the most common occupations for employed women were nurses, secretaries, bookkeepers, and elementary school teachers. Amazingly today, in 2015, administrative assistants, school teachers, and registered nurses remain the top most common occupations held by women because 1) these positions hold characteristics that reinforce roles that are placed on women (i.e., being a nurturer, caretaker, cook and teacher) and 2) some women do not envision themselves in male-dominated industries. In my opinion, this illuminates issues relating to corporate segregation. Corporate or gender segregation is a phenomenon that physically, legally, culturally, and mentally separates people according to social constructions of gender. It affects the pay gap between men and women, women’s views on employment, and their initiative to seek “traditionally male-dominated” occupations. The impacts of this term can be clearly seen in professions relating to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) because these fields execute society’s perception on gender roles and emphasizes masculinity.
Even though corporate segregation exists, there are people working to decrease gender segregation in America. Recently I attended the Women in Technology Awards hosted by the Dallas Business Journal where several ambitious women in North Texas were celebrated for going after their dream career in a STEM profession while breaking down societal norms. My mom and I were in attendance to support our dear family friend and colleague, Shanthi Rajaram (President of Amazech Solutions), as she was presented with the Entrepreneur Award. I was fortunate to talk with her and capture some pictures. Please read the Q & A below to gain insight and inspiration from this phenomenal innovator!
NOTE: list of sources at the bottom of the page
Q & A
Published by the Dallas Business Journal
Q: Describe your company/employer, and your current job responsibilities?
A: Amazech Solutions. My primary responsibility includes Solutioning, Business Development, and Technical Sales. I also oversee company finances, cash flows, immigration, HR and administration.
Name: Amazech Solutions
Revenue: $3-5 Million
Address: 9555 Lebanon Rd #202, Frisco TX 75035
Phone: (469) 200 4585
Q: What initially attracted you to technology as a career field?
A: My strengths lie in quantitative analysis, logical reasoning and problem solving. Problem solving also excites me and makes me feel fulfilled. Building a solution requires all of these traits and these skills is what attracted me to this field.
Q: Who is your hero and why?
A: My first Hero was my Dad. He was a man of great conviction and he unfailingly stood by these convictions. My current Hero is my husband. He is the ‘calm’ to my ‘storm’! He has immense patience and understands my ambition and my sense of commitment to my business as well as my family. His heroism lies in his kindness and understanding.
Q: How do you give back to the community?
A: We do support some of the local communities personally as well as through Amazech. We are also working on JustHelping.com initiative. It is expected to be a platform to bring together causes and donors/volunteers. We were planning to launch it end of 2015 or early 2016.
Q: What’s the best business/career advice you’ve ever gotten?
A: Do whatever you do with utmost passion and commitment. Rest will follow.
Q: What’s your favorite business/career advice that you pass on to others?
A: Do whatever you do with passion, commitment keeping well within legal, ethical and professional boundaries. It is very tempting to find shortcuts which may seem attractive on short term, but in the longer term it may impact your overall growth/direction.
Q: What is the outlook for women entering your career field today?
A: With more women entering this field – there is a greater level of acceptance of women in this area. This increasing number of women in Technology & Business shows a lot of promise not just for women but for the Industry as well. What’s more, women are able to compete on equal terms be it on education or in skill levels. Outlook for future women as part of this work force is highly favorable.
Huffington Post Article
Departmnet of Labor