Judged on Merit, Not by Gender
Freedom as a woman in business means being judged on merit and not by my gender. Building TriageLogic has been a lot of work, but every step of the way has been guided by my vision.
Pursuing that vision is one of the highest forms of freedom for me. The liberty that I enjoy while running a woman-owned business has allowed me to distinguish myself from my male peers — and as a doctor of finance, I have many male peers. My field was very male-dominated, and finding my place was high on my list of goals.
"Freedom as a woman in business means being judged on merit and not by my gender."
Before I dove into building TriageLogic, I worked as a professor. I was constantly behaving, dressing, and working the way I was expected to. Sometimes, those expectations would grind against my true nature. This stopped me from being wholly myself. Opening my own business has allowed me the freedom to not only stop stifling my true self, but to embrace her.
There are many gaps between men and women in the working world; opening a business based on my vision and in line with my ambition has helped me bridge those gaps, and has made me the master of my own destiny.
This post is part of a series produced by CircleAround and NAWBO. Founded in 1975, NAWBO is the unified voice of over 10 million women-owned businesses and female entrepreneurs in the United States.
Charu Raheja of Jacksonville, Florida, is the CEO and Founder of TriageLogic, which helps health organizations and hospitals with patient communication, health triage, and remote monitoring.