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16th March 2021

Break The Bias – International Women’s Day.

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This International Women’s Day, we’re continuing to celebrate some of the incredible women in the Openpay community who are breaking down bias, challenging discrimination and sharing a little bit of wisdom with us. We will be delving deeper into what this year’s theme of #BreakTheBias means to them.

Meet Monique Rajch; Openpay Head of People & Culture, mum of 3 and keen runner.

What does this year’s theme #BreakTheBias mean to you?

https://www.opy.com/au/news/break-the-bias-international-womens-day/(opens in a new tab)

This years IWD is all about a call to action to accelerating gender parity and to celebrate the socio economic achievements of women across the globe.

What are the most significant challenges in your career that have faced as a woman? 

It would be re-entering the workforce after taking a break to raise my children, the challenge around juggling a new normal and wanting to be able to do everything and be everywhere.

What does it mean to be a woman in your culture and/ or country? 

In Australia they call us the Lucky Country, and I have been lucky that I live in a culture and country that celebrates diversity, improving gender equality and celebrating women’s achievements, raising awareness against bias  to collectively create an inclusive world.

Favourite quote or mantra to live by?

Always be kinder than necessary, you never know what battles people are fighting

Who is another woman that has helped you in your life or career and why

Probably my first boss- Linda Grant, she was and still a strong example of a working mother and championing our team that we can achieve whatever we want in work and life, and women are equal to men in all aspects of life.

What tips or advice would you give to your younger self?  

Don’t ever judge yourself in comparison to others. Instead, judge yourself against what you know you’re capable of.

What is your ideal post-work routine to help you wind down from a long day? 

Post work routine is to go for a run or do a yoga class to shake off the work day.

Meet Yen Hoang; Openpay Senior Brand Marketing Manager, soon to be mum of 2 and marketing whiz.

What does this year’s theme #BreakTheBias mean to you?

Acknowledging both genders as equals and not having to “celebrate” this day in our calendars once a year going forward. Bias makes it hard for anyone to move ahead and knowing the bias isn’t enough. It’s about leveling up the playing field and it’s a whole lot of effort but it starts with everyone being accountable and responsible for it.

What are the most significant challenges in your career that have faced as a woman?

When I switched from working in fashion to tech, I went from 90% female environment to being the only female (and the youngest) at the company. It didn’t faze me till I was reminded by my colleagues at the time – not in a good way. There wasn’t even a female bathroom! That type of adversity has empowered me to not let this happen to anyone going forward.

What does it mean to be a woman in your culture and/ or country?

Being a female is not a reason to fail. And both men and women need to work to advance that thought. Social attitudes are hard to change due to the strong influence of the national and regional culture of “machismo.” Men have been typically seen as the breadwinners, while women have been seen as homemakers, solely in charge of raising children and teaching them manners. I am so lucky and privileged to balance a career and being a mother. I couldn’t do that without the support of my husband!

Favourite quote or mantra to live by?

You have two ears, one mouth. Listen to both sides and speak one truth.

Who is another woman that has helped you in your life or career and why?

 I am SO incredibly lucky to have mentors both men and women in my life to guide me both professionally and personally. They supported me to develop my hard skills and sharpen my soft skills required for a manager.
When I was interning at Harper’s Bazaar in the UK at 20, the editor in chief on my last day said to me “I look forward to seeing your name somewhere one day”. I’ve never had a mentor treat me like she did and I look for the same calibre of leaders to guide me through every stage of my career. These mentors were never threatened by another’s persons success and that’s what I hope to carry into my life – to enable and support everyone around me.

What is your ideal post-work routine to help you wind down from a long day? 

I am the type of person who utilises the work hours at 100% capacity so then after hours I’m watching something absolutely mind numbing or doing absolutely nothing. The ideal situation is being in bed early with a toddler who doesn’t wake us up multiple times.

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