Sunita Sunchakar, an engineer and operations manager for the ‘Monero Talk’ YouTube show was recently interviewed by Monica Mizzi to discuss the blockchain industry and women’s involvement in it.
Sunchakar shared her positive experiences of working in the industry and actively encourages women who are interested in getting involved to “go for it” as this is how you overcome barriers.
Sunchakar’s Experience in the Blockchain Space
Sunchakar was introduced to Bitcoin in 2015 by a friend and found it interesting and confusing at the same time.
She realized the amazing potential of the technology as she began to understand it. She sees the technology as a way of bringing balance to a society controlled by the few and powerful.
She believes that blockchain technology can be used to avoid data breaches and reduce banks’ control of everyday transactions. Sunchakar was involved with Monero in late 2016 and “realized that Monero was not like any of the others [altcoins].” She is working with several Monero enthusiasts to organize Monero meetups.
She also likes the fact Monero’s growth is not largely driven by aggressive marketing.
Women in Crypto
Sunchakar has not experienced any disadvantages from being a female in the industry and says that “it has been welcoming and great so far.” The environment is conducive for anyone to contribute no matter the gender.
She says that the push to get women involved in crypto tends to achieve the opposite. The best way to go about it is to have a collaborative approach from both men and women.
She is not sure why participation from women is relatively lower but it could be because of a number of reasons. Some women may be less vocal, others prefer to be anonymous, and others may not be getting enough attention from the media.
She agrees with women who don’t want to be labeled as “women in blockchain.” She says that there is a “need to focus and write about the accomplishments of women rather than knit-pick on the gender gap.” This is an industry where people are recognized based on the merits of their contributions.
She believes discussions should not be centered mainly on gender inequality but finding women who are doing great work behind the scenes and getting their work exposed to the public. She says that the Monero community doesn’t discriminate – it supports feasible ideas.