International Women’s Day: Gender Equality in Fintech

International Women's Day

International Women’s Day has grown to become a global celebration of the social, economic and political achievements of women. It’s not a day of reflective nostalgia – it’s a day for championing equality and a forward-thinking approach to gender balance. 

Throughout history, gender norms have always been challenged, from King Louis XVI’s love of high heels to the gun-slinging exploits of Annie Oakley. Although let’s face it, it’s easier to do when you’re the King of France or a hero of American folklore…

At Curve, we believe in challenging the status quo and smashing preconceptions. This doesn’t just relate to our product – it also includes attitudes towards hiring, employee experience and career progression. 

We strongly reject the outdated notion that ‘female’ and ‘male’ jobs exist. Our teams aren’t built on bias, they’re built on talent and expertise. There is much that still needs to be done to address the gender imbalance in the Fintech world, but we must be the change we wish to see. Collectively, each one of us can help create a gender equal world.

Let’s all be #EachforEqual.

At Curve, we pride ourself on identifying talent beyond years of industry experience. We have dozens of open roles available across all of our teams – check out our careers page. 

We don’t need a designated day to celebrate the work of our team. But in the spirit of International Women’s Day, we spoke to Danai & Pooja to find out more about their roles building the financial revolution here at Curve:

Pooja Trivedi – Junior Data Scientist

Pooja joined Curve in July 2019

Tell us a little about your role and what life is like at Curve

As a Junior Data Scientist, I do a mix of qualitative and quantitative data analysis. The qualitative side involves reading research papers and conducting interviews to get a sense of how Curve is perceived in the market. The quantitative side consists of going through our database to find patterns and trends in our data. 

At Curve, I love that I have the freedom to explore different areas of data and constantly challenge the biases of it. Many companies do not subscribe to the idea that databases are made for and designed by humans, so there will always be some form of implicit bias. 

I like that Curve understands this and allows me to explore where our data blind spots may be. 

What does gender equality mean to you? 

For me, gender equality also means intersectional gender equality. To quote Kimberlé Crenshaw, “Intersectionality is a lens through which you can see where power comes and collides, where it interlocks and intersects”. 

“It’s not simply that there’s a race problem here, a gender problem here, and a class or LBGTQ problem there. Many times that framework erases what happens to people who are subject to all of these things.”

I believe that gender equality coincides with different areas of equality, including race, sexual orientation and gender identity. Once we consider these aspects as part of gender equality, we can truly move in a direction for equality for all. 

What advice would you give to women who are considering a career in Fintech?

I started my career in Insurance Analytics and moved to FinTech after receiving my master’s degree in Social Research Methods. 

Many people see FinTech as a niche field, but it actually touches on many aspects of different careers and industries where skills can be transferable. I believe that anyone looking to move into FinTech probably already has the skills to be successful but may need some patience in finding a role and a company that’s right for them.

Danai Metochi – Agile Delivery Manager

Danai joined Curve in January 2020

Tell us a little about your role and what life is like at Curve.

I currently work as an Agile Delivery Manager (Scrum Master) within the Engineering department assisting the Data Team and the InfoSec Team. 

Working in a fast-paced environment like Curve has been an amazing experience so far. It is always challenging and you never get bored of it. The people here are so friendly, welcoming and are always willing to help and support in any way possible. 

You have to constantly be on top of everything which sometimes seems impossible but that’s what makes us so great; the learning opportunities here are endless! Some days are tougher than others, but all the difficult moments teach us how to be better and drive us to be successful.

What does gender equality mean to you? 

When I hear gender equality in the workplace, I think of the following: both men and women should feel proud to go against what is socially acceptable for each gender and do what makes them love Mondays and go to work feeling happy! 

No one should ever believe that STEM degrees or engineering jobs are only for men, and women should proudly prove that our gender doesn’t matter at all. Things are far better than they were 20 years ago, but we still have a very long way to go!  

What advice would you give to women who are considering a career in Fintech? 

Do not be afraid of trying, learn to adapt, get out of your comfort zone and get ready to be part of the future. Unfortunately, the male-female gap in Fintech jobs is quite large. But we can all change that together. 

Fintech is not just about IT and technology. There is a huge range of different career paths, so don’t be afraid to try something new. And who knows… you may just find your dream job!


We’re hiring! 

Are you fresh out of university or looking for the next step in your career? We want to hear from you! 

We have lots of roles available across all of our teams – check out our open roles.

As well as having a top job at a rapidly scaling company, you’ll get gym access, free yoga on site, Japanese lessons (optional!), learning & development budget, unlimited books budget, £75 a month wellness budget, and a free Curve Metal card for you and your +1. Our office is dog friendly, with free pizza “lunch and learns”, regular social events and Friday drinks. 

Interested? Want to know more? Reach out to our Talent team at talent@imaginecurve.com with any questions.