Women are under represented in the tech industry. A survey carried out in 2018 found that women make up only around 25% of the tech workforce and in most cases earn far less than their male colleagues. However although this makes for depressing reading, many women are smashing through the gender wall and helping to shape a more equal future.
There are thousands of influential women around the world working and influencing the tech industry. Let’s take a look at just a few of the top influencers you need to know about.
Susan Wojcicki – CEO of YouTube
Susan Wojcicki was Google’s first marketing manager and was only the 16th employee of the internet giant, back then an internet minnow! She suggested the acquisition of YouTube back in 2014 after her experience in the development of Google Images and Adsense.
Today Susan Wojcicki is the CEO of YouTube so is massively influential across the tech industry. “Tech is an incredible force that will change our world in ways we can’t anticipate. If that force is only 20 to 30% women, that is a problem,” she has said. She is very vocal in the movement to include more women in tech and has written of her experiences in articles including “How to Break up the Silicon Valley Boys’ Club.”
Kate Crawford, co founder of the AI Now Institute
Kate Crawford is an Australian author and influencer in the tech industry. She used to work as a senior researcher at Microsoft but today is the major voice against the use of facial recognition software which could transform society and not in a good way. She is the co founder of the AI Now Institute and highlights why using facial recognition could be so dangerous for all of us.
Kate Moussouris, founder and CEO of Luta Security
Kate Moussouris developed an interest in hacking when she was a girl, teaching herself to programme a Commodore 64 when she was in third grade. This early interest led to a career in internet security , working for the US Dept of Defense as well as Microsoft. Her aim is to make the internet safer for everyone via her company Luta Security.
Ellen K Pao, CEO of Project Include
Ellen K Pao was the CEO of Reddit before founding Project Include a non profit organisation set up to improve diversity in the Tech Industry. She has led the battle against sexism in Silicon Valley.
We have only had time to include a few of these notable women here but it is inspiring to learn that so many women are involved in the tech industry at a high level. There is still much to do to improve diversity and gender equality in the tech industry but at least we do have some pioneers that show it is possible.
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