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Sir Isaac Newton said, "If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants." And, as women in cybersecurity, we know that without the work and innovations of the women who were pioneers in our field, and the support and uplifting of those who have come before us, as well as our contemporaries, we would not be where we are today. Looking to the future on this spring like day, we can appreciate those chances taken by women like Ada Lovelace, Marsha Rhea Williams, Rear Admiral Grace Hopper, Dorothy Denning, and Becky Bace, among others. You can learn more of their contributions here.
Those giants in our field laid the groundwork so that we may look farther, reach higher than they could have imagined. We cannot do that alone. Without the support of others, without the appreciation for and the acknowledgement of the work that we, as women, do to protect our systems, our networks, our programs, we cannot succeed. As women, we must work together, take our unique ways of looking at situations, and support one another to help affect change in our male-dominated field. A young woman I admire more and more each day, my daughter, introduced me to Cleo Wade, an American artist, poet and activist. Ms. Wade said, "Don't be the reason someone feels insecure. Be the reason someone feels seen, heard, and supported by the whole universe." As women, we can be that reason others feel seen, heard and supported. Give other women the support they need to learn, to grow and to succeed in our industry because we truly are better together. Be a mentor, lend an ear, share your failures and how you learned from them. Help others up and all will rise. Those giants did it for the betterment of all. Let's do our part.
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