Research by eToro, conducted earlier this year, shows that the blockchain is a witness to a large gender gap – only 8.5% of cryptosachiers are women.
This is obviously a problem. As we move into a new era of blockage and cryptography, where it could possibly be adopted globally, it is clear that the voices and opinions of women – and indeed all – are essential to help us get there.
We have noticed that things are moving in the right direction and it is encouraging to see. In the blockchain event, Decentralized rigid forklift, we offer women a 85% discount on tickets to reduce the inevitable gap between the sexes inherent in industry conferences.
We are not alone. Here are some others who actively promote a gender-balanced future in a number of ways:
Women in power
Recently, a Swiss encryption link announced that more women leaders are needed. Local news reported that two new members of the board would be appointed after accusations that he had become a "boy club".
While it is slowly becoming more normalized to see women in power in the industry, they are still big news when it happens. Take, for example, this article on IBM Women's Block Group, which still needs to explain the benefits of women who are responsible. I hope that after 20 years, a woman's qualifications will not have to be used as an excuse.
Lightning Labs co-founder and CEO, Elizabeth Stark, announced scholarships for women blockchain devs in New York earlier this year, in order to reduce the gender gap.
This is not only the case in western countries. In Afghanistan, where it is common for women not to have access to their own money, encryption can be a very powerful tool. Encode to inspire, a nonprofit school for girls coding in Herat of Afghanistan, educates women in technical education so they can have economic and social independence.
In China, activists turned to block to do so to document the stories of victims of sexual assault. In retaliation with governmental censorship in the social media, the use of blockchain is a way to ensure that these stories will never be spoiled or destroyed.
It's not a perfect solution, as the government can still understand websites that allow this blockchain documentation, but it is encouraging to see women using technology to stand on their own territory and listen to their voices.
All of these efforts pave the way for a blockchain and cryptocurrency industry. Of course we have a long way to go – much more has to be done – but these examples are a big step in the right direction.
At Decentralized Hard Fork, I urged some inspired women to share their ideas, perspectives and experiences about the future of the blockchain. We will host Kavita Gupta, founder of Consensys, Margarita Khartanovic, Binary District editor, Ayelet Noff, founder and co-director of Blonde 2.0 and more.
If you want to come with us, we would love to have you. It does not matter whether you are an experienced blockchain expert or just interested in learning about cryoprotection – there is something for everyone.
Published 2 November 2018 – 13:51 UTC