Celebrating 1 Year of Cardano Catalyst Women
Exactly 1 year ago, we had our first meeting at the Catalyst After Townhall Breakout room with a focus on bringing more women to the Cardano ecosystem through mentorship.
Why did we start this group?
When the subtle but powerful differences between males and females are celebrated and optimized in collaboration ecosystems thrive, empathy soars, and personal development grows. Communication, confidence, leadership, and teamwork are maximized to their full potential.
People naturally draw confidence and cues about how they should behave from the culture of their environment. How they perceive themselves within the environment, how comfortable they feel to contribute, and how their ideas and inputs are received impact their desire to take action.
In any given environment, the minority group is on the back foot when it comes to the culture of the space being aligned with their way of being. Unless however, the people in this environment are highly self-aware and have the ability to overcome inbuilt biases and overpowering behaviours. Or, the individual has a high degree of confidence and a strong ability to communicate to the dominant group.
Less than 5% of Cardano are women.
When there are significantly fewer women in an environment, the unbalanced nature of that environment has shown to favour the male majority way of operating, and to miss beneficial approaches that are not considered. For many women, this means they are less likely to voice their opinions and ideas and less likely to be heard.
So we created this inclusive space in the name of women, as an environment to allow everyone to be heard, to nurture new ideas, build trusted relationships, and provide pathways into Catalyst.
Carado Women is a testing and development ground for ideas and initiatives that, over time, will bring more balance to environments within Catalyst. We seek collaboration with everyone so that the people building within Cardano are able to contribute to their full potential, and are representative of the people of the world.
Check CCW Meetings, the latest updates and guest speakers over the last year here.
Summary (Nov’22 - Jan’23)
In the last 3 months, Cardano Catalyst Women held online meetings called “Women in Blockchain” with the intention to bring women from around the world interested in the topic but with less or no knowledge about Cardano. We intentionally do not record meetings as we have learnt that this creates a safer psychological environment for women.
Currently, we are discussing ideas on how to bring more awareness and share our trusted conversations with a broader audience.