The year is 2017; humans have been around for about 200,000 years now and yet, oddly, there is still a large professional discrepancy between the sexes. According to the National Center for Women in Information Technology, only twenty-five percent of women hold jobs in the tech sector. From the lack of opportunities in third-world countries to rampant sexism in the more developed ones, women have a hard time gaining a footing in the tech industry.
There are, however, a group of pioneers who serve as an inspiration to women all over the world. These women have beaten the odds and made it big in a male-dominated industry. From CEOs and COOs to Executive Chairs and Presidents of some of the biggest tech companies, these women have persevered and made their way to the top. If these women could do it, then there is hope for every woman and young girls on the planet.
Strong women in tech
Sheryl Sandberg: The Chief Operations Officer of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg is one of the most powerful women in the world today. Sandberg is also the author of Lean In, Lean In for graduates and Option B. The 1st woman to be included in Facebooks board of directors, Sandberg is a prolific speaker and activist and has an estimated worth of $1.65 billion.
Susan Wojcicki: Susan Wojcicki is the Chief Executive Officer of YouTube. She is a self-made millionaire with a worth of over $400 million. Wojcicki started working in Google, in marketing, and eventually achieved the position of senior vice-president of advertising and commerce. She was responsible for two of Google’s largest acquisitions; YouTube and DoubleClick. Wojcicki was named CEO of YouTube in February 2014.
Meg Whitman: Another powerful woman in tech is Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s President and Chief Executive Officer Meg Whitman. Earning herself such titles as political activist and philanthropist, Whitman is definitely a woman of many capabilities. Whitman also served as CEO and President of eBay for ten years. As of August 2017, Meg Whitman has an estimated net worth of $2.8 billion.
Ginni Rometty: Virginia (Ginni) Rometty is the CEO of IBM. Rometty joined IBM in 1981 as a systems engineer and is now the first woman to ever head the company. She was named one of Bloomberg’s 50 Most Powerful People in the World and one of Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business. With a net worth of $45 million, there can be no doubt that Ginni Rometty is a strong woman in tech.
Jean Liu: One of China’s five richest and most influential women, Jean Liu is the president of Didi Chuxing, a transportation company similar to Uber. Liu was instrumental in merging the two transportation companies Didi Dache and Kuaidi Dache, creating Didi Kuaidi, now known as Didi Chuxing. The company is one of the leading transportation companies in the world and has won multi-billion dollar investments under the leadership of Liu. At 39 years, Jean Liu is already one of the leading ladies in the world of tech.
Debjani Ghosh: In 1996, Debjani Ghosh joined semiconductor giant Intel as a marketing communications executive. Over the years, Ghosh’s tireless work paid off and she assumed the roles of Intel’s vice-president of sales and marketing and managing director of South Asia region. Ghosh’s work with the governments of several Asian countries to promote the adoption of technology for inclusive growth has earned her a spot in Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in India. Ghosh ranked eleventh in the running. Ghosh will be taking over as president of The National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM) in March 2018.