Why did I decide to become a Software Engineer?
A couple of years ago I stumbled upon a nonprofit organization called the PERIOD Movement. PERIOD is a global nonprofit organization fighting to end period poverty and stigma through service, education, and advocacy. Their mission drew me in instantly, and so I became the founder of the local chapter here in Chicago.
The reasons why I became so passionate about this movement are drawn out and would need a blog post of its own. Long story short, my work through PERIOD opened my eyes to the larger situation (to put it lightly) that is women’s healthcare.
Did you know?
Despite the narrow gender gap in life expectancy in industrialized countries, women experience more severe diseases with poor outcomes in many areas of health.
- Delayed and missed diagnoses are common for women in heart disease, stroke, and autoimmune diseases. Oftentimes, when doctors cannot come up with a diagnosis for women’s pain it is dismissed as psychosomatic.
- When it comes to heart disease, women have a 50% higher chance of getting an inaccurate diagnosis, and women also have higher rates of death during hospitalization for heart attacks.
- When it comes to strokes, women are 30% more likely than men to have symptoms of stroke misdiagnosed and sent home from the emergency room
- While endometriosis affects 1 in 10 women of reproductive age, it takes an average of 6 to 10 years for an accurate diagnosis after the first symptoms appear.
This doesn’t even touch on fertility, sexual health, postpartum, and many other issues that have gone unacknowledged and unaddressed. Further, COVID-19 has only exacerbated the numbers.
Now, moving on to the question in the title of this blog post: Why do I want to become a Software Engineer?
I want to build the revolutionary technologies that are being developed in the Femtech space to address these inexcusable gaps.
“Graville believes taboos around female health, compounded by the lack of women in senior positions in both health and tech — see Apple launching its Healthkit in 2014 with no period-tracking facility — have meant that women’s needs have been neglected. And that provides opportunity, at a very timely point in history. “#MeToo, the Women’s March… we’re starting to see a sea change,” says Kabir. “These are all things that have given women an opportunity to be vocal about what they want, and that’s helping drive the growth of femtech companies that will give them that.”
Thankfully, there are already so many companies who are already tackling these issues head on. Companies like Carrot, Modern Fertility, Natalist, Nurx, and Rory (to name a few) have already hit the ground running… hard.
My goal after Flatiron School is to join one of the incredible companies in the Femtech space and join the mission to closing the gaps in women’s health. I’m still a long way away, but I’m enjoying every step.