A survey in 2019 by Women in Tech found that 81% of women believe the technology industry would benefit from a more gender balanced workforce. So, in support of International Women’s Day, we have decided to focus on some the most prominent women in tech.
Women have made incredible contributions to technology from the very beginning. And, they have continued to be a key factor in its continued advancement. However, despite this importance, only 22% of students can name a famous female working in technology.
A PwC research report also found that only 3% of females say a career in technology is their first choice. As a result, we’re highlighting a few women in tech who inspire us.
As the CEO of BenevolentAI, Baroness Joanna Shields led the company in its use of technology to find successful treatments for COVID-19. As part of her extensive experience in the technology sector she held executive positions at Google and Facebook.
Throughout her career Joanna has won many awards and, in 2014, was appointed OBE for services to digital industries and voluntary service to young people and made a Life Peer of the House of Lords.
While running for the US Congress, Reshma Saujani visited schools as part of the race. During the visits she saw the gender gap in computing lessons which prompted her to start Girls Who Code.
In 2019, Girls Who Code was awarded Most Innovative Non-Profit by Fast Company. It now spans across the US and UK, while continuing to work towards closing the gender gap in computing.
Sue Black has an accomplished academic career including 40+ publications and a PhD in software engineering. She is now a Professor of Computer Science and Technology Evangelist at Durham University.
During her career, Sue founded BCSWomen in 2001 to provide increased support for women in computing. She also setup #techmums to support mums and families in their use of technology. This went on to win Nominet’s Online Skills and Training award in 2014.
As part of her highly successful career, Cindy has held management positions at Disney, Virgin Media and Vodafone. During her time at Virgin Media, she managed the development of TiVo and Virgin Media TV Anywhere.
After becoming CEO of Microsoft UK in 2016, Cindy was appointed OBE in the 2019 New Year’s Honours List, in recognition of her contribution to UK Technology. In 2020, she was made President of Microsoft Western Europe.
After joining Oracle as an administrator, Debbie has progressed through the ranks at Oracle over her 20+ year career. She was promoted through various management positions and is now part of Oracle’s leadership team.
Debbie is now Oracle’s Vice President of Applications and is responsible for providing flexible solutions to customer requirements. This has been through a shift to providing software as a service running in the cloud which helps companies to modernise their systems.
We have listed only a few of the most influential women in tech but there are many others out there. Is there someone who has inspired you? Let us know!