Crypto and blockchain spaces are male-dominated spaces. While this should not be the case, NFTs are a great way to help women enter this field. These were the opinions of Lavinia Osbourne, the founder and the host of Women in Blockchain Talks in an interview with Cointelegraph. Although the ongoing pandemic due to COVID-19 has caused financial problems in many countries. The problems include unemployment, the inability to go to the bank in person, or other problems. However, Osbourne said that this incident may have prompted many women to switch to cryptocurrency and blockchain at the same time. It made them leave their current profession and do something different. NFTs or non-fungible tokens have been in media coverage for a long time now. This has made cryptocurrencies “more easily identifiable” to many people in the arts and other creative fields.
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Osbourne said: “People look at NFTs and it’s like ‘it’s different — I don’t actually get the technology. When they’re hearing all these stories about people making money on NFTs, it’s like ‘how can I get involved?’ I think NFTs are a good pathway to entice people into the space.”
Although Osbourne was mostly referring to men and women of all economic backgrounds, her statement seems that it was supported by the popularity of the NFT project that was recently launched by That ’70s show and family guy star Mila Kunis. According to the actress, she developed her interest in crypto during the pandemic. She was also considering the fact that this is quite a masculine field. She later pioneered the NFT Stoner Cats project in Hollywood and crypto that includes Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin. In less than 35 minutes, the project sold a whopping 10,420 NFTs earlier this week. After a few days, its first episode was live.
Lavinia stated that although NFT is a gateway, the problem of insufficient female representation in crypto and blockchain companies still exists. According to the founder of the Female Blockchain Talk, there are only 34% of women working in the text industry. Further, only 12% of women are there in the blockchain industry. She recommends that they should close the gap with the help of a campaign. This will help “to show women that tech, blockchain, science, STEM is a space for them.”
Lavinia further said, “If these women want to have a career that has some longevity to it, then they have to look at these spaces,” said Osbourne. “Traditionally it’s just been overwhelmingly male, and there’s been nothing to counteract that.” She added, “If we want to bring in more women, then we need to shine a spotlight on women so that other women can see those other women and feel comfortable to know that this space is for them as well.”
The team along with Lavinia Osbourne are continuously working on their goal. They are bringing about 50,000 women into blockchain by 2023. Their great initiative and the campaign will help women around the world to sign up as well as learn the most they can about the advantages of entering into the crypto market, both financial and personal. In September, on the second anniversary of the Women in Blockchain Talks, Kristina Cornèr, Cointelegraph’s editor-in-chief will speak more with Osbourne on this.
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