Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz's gold finish at the Olympics was an achievement not just for the Philippines, but for women. In a society where men are usually the trailblazers in their respective fields, it is refreshing to see a woman being the first in her country to win something so historic -- especially that it was in the field of sports. For this time around, a woman gets to inspire not just her fellow female athletes, not just her fellow weightlifters, but all athletes in the country.
As a society, we've been conditioned to think that some fields are mostly for men, such as sports, technology and leadership. Miss Universe 2019 Zozini Tunzi once said:
Young girls should be taught how to become leaders and to 'take up space in society'.
Yet in digital leadership, there continues to be a wide gap between men and women. The perception that the tech world is meant for men still exists to this day.
It shouldn't have to be that wa