International Women’s Day 2022: Bitget’s Women in Crypto

As the globe celebrates International Women’s Day 2022 (IWD 2022) today, we recognise all the brilliant women who have joined the Bitget team and how much we appreciate their work ethic, leadership, and power. We are proud to celebrate the 67 female employees working tirelessly across our international offices, who make up nearly 35% of our global headcount, as well as the women in senior roles, who represent 50% of the senior management team.

Allied with IWD’s call to ‘break the bias’, we hand the stage over to Yvonne, Park, Agostina and Sheila now, where they share their insights and knowledge about achieving gender parity in the traditionally male-dominated crypto space. 

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Name: Yvonne

Role: Chief Marketing Officer

  1. Why are you in the crypto industry?

Why not? It’s the most exciting industry at the moment. I am learning new things every single day. It’s unique, niche, challenging, and ahead of all other industries.I feel like I’m part of a community that makes a difference.

  1. Do you feel underrepresented as a woman working in crypto?

Fortunately, I don’t feel like I’m underrepresented at Bitget. I feel valued and appreciated, especially given that Bitget has an equal number of female representatives (to male representatives) in the management team. 

  1. Who’s your female role model? 

My mum. She has always been my support, my friend, my mentor, and a figure who pushes through obstacles in life to provide the best for her children.

  1. What’s your morning routine before starting work?

6:30 Meditation. Wash up and shower. I greet my baby first thing in the morning, then do the wash up, milk feeding and morning walk.Then it’s the dog run, coffee, and checking the phone for crypto news and other urgent matters. Then I cook and feed the baby breakfast… and then it’s time to start work at 9 AM! 

  1. What are your favourite coins or tokens? Why?

I don’t have a single favourite coin, but I like many altcoins because I see great potential in a lot of them, particularly in GameFi and the metaverse. 

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Name: Park

Role: Business Development Manager

  1. What kind of role model do you look for – women in crypto?

As a young female, successful female leaders who support and help their women colleagues to grow are considered ideal role models to me. I also want to work harder and set a good precedent in the future. 

  1. Why did you pick working in crypto over other industries?

Crypto is a very fast-paced, and volatile industry compared to others. Only risk-takers who made the right choices at the right time survive. It also is closely related to finance, which is already a male dominant industry, the only difference is crypto is less rigid and more meritocratic.

Lots of MZ generations must have experienced their first investments through crypto trading. I was also one of them. Earning and losing my small seed money, I naturally felt interested in the crypto business. It was a coincidence that I chose my first job in crypto, but I’ve never regretted it.

  1. Do you think more women are going to get involved in crypto?

Obviously. As more young generations who have crypto experiences finish their studies and search for job opportunities, I believe more young women will step into this business as well. 

  1. What do you think the future of crypto will look like?

As I’ve chosen my career in the crypto industry, it has kind of become my duty to support and believe in crypto’s future (haha). I believe that in the future, decentralised cryptocurrencies will play an important role as a balance keeper in the global economy. 

  1. What are your favourite coins or tokens? Why?

Ripple. It is the coin I use most often to make transactions. Even sending money abroad, ripple transactions are way better than banks. Plus, I have so much of them in my wallet, planning to just HODL until the price goes up…

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Name: Agostina

Role: Translator

  1. What’s your take on the stereotype of the crypto users (Crypto being male-dominant  community, bro-culture)?

I think it’s going to disappear soon. Women are getting into crypto more and more each day, both online and offline. We are taking control of our finances and lives, we are educating ourselves and are not afraid to speak our mind, and men are not leaving us aside, our voices are heard and respected in this environment.

  1. How is crypto different from other industries?

Here it doesn’t matter what we wear, how we look or whether we are “womanly” enough. In crypto what matters is our knowledge, our persistence, the quality of our work and our results. It’s not about looks, it’s all about what we do –and how well we can do it.

  1. What do you think crypto could do for women? (Where the traditional world failed)

Crypto is our best shot at achieving financial and social freedom. We have been taught to not get involved in our own finances, and that has come to a very high cost to us. 

Getting into crypto means we are in charge of our own lives, we no longer wait for our fathers, husbands or brothers to look after us. We are learning, and setting ourselves free.

  1. What’s your recommended portfolio allocation?

I think that’s a personal decision and it depends on your experience as a trader/investor. But in general terms, I would say first, go with the big ones –BTC, ETH-. You can’t get it wrong buying some ADA, it’s on sale! 

And then trust yourself, do some research, Technical Analysis, and dare to invest in projects you believe in, even if it’s scary (I trusted myself with MATIC and SHIB and ended up with great profits!)

  1. What’s your morning routine before starting work?

I get up at 6am, read the news and check the market in bed. Then a must-have coffee while I water the plants, and then I jump into work right away, which is my favourite time of the day.

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Name: Sheila

Role: Senior Marketing Manager

  1. What is your take on gender stereotypes of crypto users (Crypto being male-dominant  community, bro-culture)?

I do believe women crypto users are underrepresented, and largely because there isn’t enough visibility on women in this community. But I also think it has been changing gradually as time goes by.

  1. What can men do in the industry to advocate for gender diversity?

To create a culture of diversity, inclusion, and belonging requires action. I believe men in the industry can provide more advocacy and visibility for women who are in this field.

  1. What made you jump into crypto as a career?

What I like about working in crypto is that I am surrounded by like-minded people who are energetic, free-thinking, and imaginative. Because it is so new, there are fewer boundaries and rules to “follow”, you can always let your ideas run wild and make a difference.

I was eyeing this industry for quite some time, as it is vastly different from other industries. Then, opportunity knocked on my door and I jumped right in without much consideration.

  1. Do you think more women are going to get involved in crypto?

I believe so as the idea of investing into crypto is getting more mainstream. Not only do we see a steady increase in first-time crypto owners, many institutional investors are actively involved in the space.

I would say that I am a more conservative investor. To me, it is all about diversifying my portfolio. I would advise both men and women and non-binary individuals to do their due diligence before investing in crypto.

  1. What’s your morning routine before starting work?

Every morning, I take a short walk around a fitness trail that was carved out into the side of a hill with stunning views of Hong Kong island. To relax, I also catch up on news or hang out with friends and family. 

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We are fortunate enough to have so many strong, intelligent and creative women working here in Bitget. We do not see gender, race, or sexual orientation, but value meritocracy above all. 

Crypto is a new space for everyone where the boundaries and rules are always made to be broken for greater good and progress. In Bitget, we embrace the inherent uncertainty of crypto in hopes of making a difference, in finance, in gender and in the future.

Disclaimer: The information provided above is not financial advice but for educational and entertainment purposes. Please do your own due diligence or consult a financial advisor before investing in any digital assets.