From Paris, France
What’s on your mind right now?
I've never felt so good. I learnt to trust myself and went after my desires, no matter what people think. No matter the barriers they impose on us.
Describe yourself in one sentence?
I see myself as very independent. I'm motivated by anything that can help me bloom in the long term.
How would you describe the glass ceiling you had?
As I wanted to run my own company, I first studied accounting, economics and management. I had lots of ideas in my head but I didn't know in what field I wanted to specify. Still I needed basic skills to create my company. During my BTS, I learnt a lot of things on financial, legal and economic aspects. And then we had this computer class. I had a revelation. I wanted to specialized in computer science, I wanted to create algorithms. I knew it was a promising field.
I talked with one of my professor. He clearly doubted my abilities to enter. Was it because of my intellectual skills? Or did I just not answer the stereotype? At first, It wasn’t pretty fair, I wondered if he could argue the same with a male student. After all, I was good in the accountancy field, I couldn’t imagine that his reaction was based on my skills. Besides, he couldn’t know if computer science could fit to me, because it was new to me, and my professor knew it.
How did it affect you? How did you feel at the time?
It bugged me for a while. I wasn't really confident and it got worse. Still I felt like I should try and that I should pass the exam to enter this school.
How did you break this glass ceiling?
It happened step by step. Slow but sure. I overcame my fears one by one.
I just stopped letting people draw lines for me. I passed the exam and I got accepted in one of the most famous tech school in France.
How do you feel about where you are today, after breaking your glass ceiling?
I questioned so many times where my life was going because of the obstacles I had to overcome on my own. Financial obstacles. But mainly social. Being a woman in a school where there's 96% of men is really not an easy thing.
The prejudices are as common as rumors. It's easy to point out a minority rather than support them. The mass effect can make a small group disappear. I had very complicated moments during the first 2 years.
Today I managed to take a step back from an environment where I couldn't develop myself. I had to re focus on myself and understand how much I'm motivated by what I want to be. Without letting others tell me how I should feel. And that's the most motivating decision I ever took.
Succeeding by overcoming obstacles made me a more serene and confident woman.
What advice would you give to someone going through this glass ceiling?
Take a moment for yourself and wonder what are your goals in life. What's gonna make you happy in the long term?
Write things down and take a step back. Surrender with positive people. Get parasites away from you. Especially if they don't understand what's going on in your head. Take obstacles down and overcome your own limits.
The only way you'll know if it's worthy is to go after things. On your own.
What are your upcoming projects?
I'm gonna finish school next year and I'm gonna invest my all in my passion: Android programmation. I really want to stay up to date and challenge myself.
I also want to be part of organisation where I can meet people. Especially women who are going through the same things I did to help them reach their goals.
And I'll quickly create my company. There's clearly not enough women at the top today.
Tell us about something, like a quote that inspires you?
"You can be yourself and an Iif you're comfortable with everybody not liking you or how you think. If you're comfortable with going against the grain." - Whoopi Goldberg