Updated: May 15
The tech industry has traditionally been male-dominated, but over the past few years, we have seen a significant increase in the number of women making their mark in this field. From entrepreneurs to engineers to venture capitalists, women are making a significant impact in the tech world.
In this article, we will highlight the top 20 women in tech to watch out for. These women are Reshma Saujani, Sheryl Sandberg, Safra Catz, Susan Wojcicki, Ginni Rometty, Megan Smith, Padmasree Warrior, Angela Ahrendts, Ursula Burns, Marissa Mayer, Tracy Choi, Rashmi Sinha, Jennifer Hyman, Zahra Bahrololoum, Ayah Bdeir, Cindy Mi, Dr. Roshawnna Novellus, Mary Spio, Julia Hartz and Jessica O. Matthews.
1. Reshma Saujani
Reshma Saujani is the founder of Girls Who Code, an organization that aims to close the gender gap in tech by teaching girls to code. She is also the author of the book "Brave, Not Perfect," which encourages women to embrace imperfection and take risks.
2. Sheryl Sandberg
Sheryl Sandberg was the former Chief Operating Officer of Facebook and the author of the best-selling book "Lean In." She is a strong advocate for women's empowerment in the workplace and frequently speaks out about the gender gap in tech.
3. Safra Catz
Safra Catz is the CEO of Oracle Corporation, one of the largest technology companies in the world. She is one of the most powerful women in tech and has been instrumental in the growth of Oracle over the years.
4. Susan Wojcicki
Susan Wojcicki is an American business woman who has worked in the technology industry for more than 20 years. She was the CEO of YouTube from 2014-2023. Susan worked as Google's first marketing manager in 1999. She later led the company's online advertising business and original video service. After observing the success of YouTube, she suggested that Google should buy it; the deal was approved for $1.65 billion in 2006.
5. Ginni Rometty
Ginni Rometty was the CEO of IBM until 2020. She work at IBM for over 30 years and was the first woman to lead company. In 2002, while working as the General Manager of IBM's global services division, Ginni helped negotiate IBM's purchase of PwC's IT consulting business. She became known for her work integrating these two companies.
6. Megan Smith
Megan Smith is the former Chief Technology Officer of the United States and is currently the CEO of shift7, a company that uses technology to address social issues. She was previously a vice president at Google, where she led new business development and early-stage partnerships across Google's global engineering and product teams for nine years.
7. Padmasree Warrior
Padmasree Warrior is the founder and CEO of Fable, a curated reading platform focused on mental wellness. She also serves on the board of directors of MicroSoft and Spotify. Padmasree has also held executive positions at Cisco Systems and Motorola. Additionally, she served as the CEO of Nio USA, an electric car maker. Padmasree is recognized as one of the most powerful women in tech
8. Angela Ahrendts
Angela Ahrendts is the former Senior Vice President of Retail at Apple and has been credited with transforming the company's retail operations. She was the CEO of Burberry from 2006 to 2014. She was also a member of the UK's Prime Minister's business advisory council until it was disbanded in 2016.
9. Ursula Burns
Ursula Burns served as the CEO of Xerox Corporation from 2009 to 2016. She was the first black woman to be a CEO of a Fortune 500 company, and the first woman to succeed another as head of a Fortune 500 company.
10. Marissa Mayer
Marissa Mayer is an American businesswoman and investor. She is also the co-founder of Sunshine Contacts but is known mostly as the former CEO of Yahoo. Marissa has held executive positions at Google and other tech companies. It was announced in January 2017, that she would step down from Yahoo's board upon the sale of Yahoo!'s operating business to Verizon Communications for $4.8 billion.
11. Tracy Chou
Tracy Chou is a software engineer and diversity advocate. She is the founder of Project Include, an organization that aims to increase diversity and inclusion in tech companies. She previously worked at Pinterest and Quora with internship experience at RocketFuel, Google, and Facebook.
12. Rashmi Sinha
Rashmi Sinha is the CEO of Slideshare, a platform for sharing presentations. Rashmi writes about social software and entrepreneurship at her blog; Rashmisinha.com. She is involved in the HCI community, and is a founding member of the Information Architecture Society, and co-chairs the monthly BayCHI talk series.
13. Jennifer Hyman
Jennifer Hyman is the CEO and co-founder of Rent the Runway, an e-commerce fashion platform that allows users to rent, subscribe, or buy designer apparel and accessories. She has been recognized as one of the most innovative women in tech and has been working to make fashion more accessible to women.
14. Zahra Bahrololoum
Zahra is a technology leader and the Executive Vice President and CEO of Salesforce UK & Ireland. She was appointed in March 2021 to lead the company's operations.
During her time at Salesforce, Zahra has created sustainable, balanced and predictable pipeline generation and growth. She passionately serves all stakeholders by inspiring team excellence, making a positive impact on the planet, and furthering diversity, equality, and inclusion.
15. Ayah Bdeir
Ayah Bdeir is an entrepreneur, inventor and interactive artist. She is the founder of littleBits, a company that makes electronic building blocks for kids. She is also the co-founder of Daleel Thawra, a directory of protests, initiatives, donations in Lebanon.
16. Cindy Mi
Cindy Mi is the founder of VIPKid, an online platform for teaching English to children in China. She is also the Cofounder of ABC English, the first company she launched with her uncle. In 2017, Cindy Mi launched a subsidiary of the wider VIPKid brand called LingoBus, which allows tutors to teach Mandarin.
17. Dr. Roshawnna Novellus
Dr. Roshawnna Novellus is the founder and CEO of EnrichHER, a financial technology platform that connects revenue-generating companies led by women and founders of color to individual and institutional investors. Dr. Novellus is a gender equality advocate who believes in economic empowerment and inclusive economic growth.
18. Mary Spiro
Mary Spio is an Entrepreneur, Tech Innovator, Author, Space Engineer and one of the first early adopters of the Metaverse. She is the CEO and Founder of CEEK Metaverse, the original Metaverse company which also provides virtual reality event services.
19. Julia Hartz
Julia Hartz is the co-founder and CEO of Eventbrite, a platform for organizing and managing events. She has been recognized as one of the most innovative women in tech and has been working to make event planning more accessible to everyone.
20. Jessica O. Matthews
Jessica O. Matthews is an inventor, venture capitalist and Cofounder of Uncharted Power, a company that uses technology to generate clean energy. One of their popular products is Soccket, a soccer ball that can be used as a portable power generator.
In conclusion, these 20 women are making significant contributions to the tech industry and are inspiring the next generation of women in tech. They are working to make tech more inclusive and accessible to underrepresented groups, and their efforts are paying off. In the coming years, we can expect to see even more women breaking barriers and making their mark in this exciting field.
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