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  • Writer's pictureMacalister Bali

Women In Technology: Innovative, Heroes and Power Influencers

While the tech industry tends to take pride in changing the world of work, the technology sector is actually further away from achieving gender equality than the U.S. economy as a whole. Women may still be a minority in tech, but as their power rises, so does their responsibility and visibility. On the bright side it’s getting smaller! Let’s start with some statistics .

  • Women own less than 10% of startups in the world.

  • Women in the tech industry earn 29% less than their male counterparts.

  • Three out of four girls express an interest in computer science.

  • In the last 40 years, almost 90% of all information technology licenses were made by male-only teams.

  • Less than 2% of tech teams included women.

  • 20% of engineering graduates are women and only 11% of working engineers are women.

Biggest benefits of being a woman in tech:
  • Making a positive impact on my organization/the industry (67%)

  • Encouraging other women to get into the industry (54%)

  • It's never boring (53%) My job is my passion (45%)

  • Flexible hours (29%)

  • Great pay and career advancement (24%)

  • Being surrounded by other women in tech (13%)

Necessity maybe the mother of invention, but the women in technology are not just inventors out of curiosity but audacity as well. All of my mentors have been women when I started my career in technology including my wife. Here are some heroes of technology:

Priya Balasubramaniam is an engineer with a background in mechanical engineering, supply chain management, marketing and software engineering. She is currently the vice president of Core Technologies Operations and iPhone Operations at Apple Inc. Wikipedia

Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace was an English mathematician and writer, chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage's proposed mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine. Wikipedia

Emilie Choi, Coinbase: This past May, Choi was elevated to COO of the cryptocurrency exchange start-up Coinbase. Prior to her promotion, she’d played a fundamental role in securing the $325 million in funding that helped the company score an $8 billion valuation at the end of 2018, despite Bitcoin’s plunge. Elle

Stacy Brown-Philpot is the CEO of TaskRabbit and a member of the Board of Directors of HP Inc and Nordstrom. Wikipedia

Grace Brewster Murray Hopper was an American computer scientist and United States Navy rear admiral. One of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer, she was a pioneer of computer programming who invented one of the first linkers. Wikipedia

Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, Stubhub: Before her tenure as president of StubHub, Singh Cassidy made the rounds at industry giants like Google, where she was president of Google’s Asia Pacific and Latin American operations, and as CEO of Polyvore.


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