Monday, 08 March 2021

Ottobock celebrates the 110th International Women's Day

Women in management and development positions in the company

People around the world are celebrating International Women's Day on March 8th, drawing attention to women's rights and equality. This day publicises achievements of the movement and encourages people to get involved in gender equality, also at work. On the 110th anniversary of International Women's Day, female employees of Ottobock talk about their careers and leadership by women as well as sharing tips for more self-acceptance.

International Women's Day theme week

Ottobock began introducing female employees from around the world in social media a week before International Women's Day. They shared their empowerment and self-care messages on Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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To raise awareness for the topic among Ottobock employees, the company also published a series of interviews with female managers and specialists on its intranet. Women talked about challenges at work, how they made their way to Ottobock and differences between men and women in day-to-day work:

"Follow your heart! Women approach subjects differently – an enrichment for everyone," encouraged Dr.-Ing. Simone Oehler, Director Verification at Ottobock.

5 questions to 6 women software developers

Almost everyone in IT knows this tech pioneer: British mathematician Ada Lovelace is considered the world's first computer programmer. In 1843 she developed an algorithm for the precursor of the computer. Lovelace was a rarity in her day. Some 180 years later, there are still just a few women working in the field. A look at the tech departments and computer science courses of this world reveals mostly men at the computers. According to Germany's Bitkom digital association, only one of every seven applicants for IT jobs is a woman. "Women Who Code", a non-profit organisation that aims to bring more women into the well-paid industry, states that they are unnecessarily reluctant to enter the tech world.

For International Women's Day, six female developers at Ottobock talk about their motivations, job highlights and difficulties − and provide valuable tips for newcomers.

To the interviews