There’s a saying by Director of Product at Yahoo, ERIN TEAGUE “Recognize and embrace your uniqueness. I don’t think that the ratios are going to change anytime soon. But, I don’t think this has to be a disadvantage. Being a woman in general, on a team of all men, means that you are going to have a unique voice. It’s important to embrace that. “ This has always made a great impact on my life. When I first entered in the field of technology, I was so amazed to see very few participation of women in this field. In fact back in 2014, when I was doing my bachelors, I along with my two seniors started an online startup company www.technepa.com to explore the power if internet as a Business. I was the only female co-founder.
Back in days, women were expected to stay at home, cook and look after the kids, while the men went out to earn a living. Our society was a male-dominated society and somehow still the Technology sector is dominated by men. When you usually think of big name or personality in the technology, who comes to your mind, “Bill Gates”, “Steve Jobs” right? No doubt its men who appear in the news often and even portrayed as innovative entrepreneurs and leaders. But nowadays, women are quite literally breaking through the glass ceiling that once stood in their way and is standing alongside their male peers to deliver incredible results within the tech world. A 2016 Peter Institute study has also confirmed how women and technology is a powerful mix in business revealing that the inclusion of women in the leadership role has a positive impact on company profits.
Though the number of women in IT and technology has always been lower compared to men. Here is some of the list of inspiring powerful women in tech:
1. Sheryl Sandberg- Facebook COO
She is the first influencer women in tech. Sheryl graduated from Harvard college in 1991. She is truly an inspiration to all young girl like us. Before she joined Facebook as its COO, Sandberg was vice president of global online sales and operations at Google and was involved in launching Google’s philanthropic arm Google.org. Sheryl believes that “We cannot change what we are not aware of, and once we are aware, we cannot help but change.”
2. Susan Wojcicki- YouTube CEO
Susan Diane Wojcicki is an American technology executive. She has been the CEO of YouTube since February 2014. Wojcicki was involved in the founding of Google and became Google’s first marketing manager in 1999. Wojcicki grew up on the Stanford University campus as her father was a professor there. She then attended Harvard University studying history and literature and went onto receiving her Masters of Science in economics from the University of California. “At the end of the day, both men and women who become CEOs have showed tenacity and hard work to succeed in their careers. It takes not just skills but also extreme dedication and commitment. And regardless of gender, CEOs are measured by the same criteria – the growth and success of the business. ”
3. Amy Hood- Microsoft CFO
Amy E. Hood is an American businesswoman currently serving as the Chief Financial Officer at Microsoft Corporation. Hood joined Microsoft in 2002 holding positions in the investor relations group. Hood graduated from Duke University with a bachelor’s degree in economics and then obtained an MBA from Harvard University. Hood started her career with Goldman Sachs in investment banking and capital market group’s roles. She is currently number 51 in the Forbes world’s 100 most powerful women.
4.Ginny Rometty- IBM CEO
Ginny Rometty is an American business executive. She is the current chair, president, and CEO of IBM, and the first woman to head the company. Rometty graduated from Northwestern University in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and electrical engineering. In 1979 she went to work for General Motors Institute and then in 1981 went on to join IBM as a systems engineer. In 2011 it was announced that she was to become the company’s next president and CEO. In 2012 she then also became chairman of IBM.
5. Angela Ahrendts- SVP for retail at Apple
Angela Ahrendts currently serves as Apple’s head of retail. Ahrendts studied merchandising and marketing at Ball State University in 2010 and then moved to New York to work in the fashion industry. She worked for brands such as Warnaco, Donna Karan, and Henri Bendel and then joined Burberry in 2006 as CEO. She then went on to join Apple in 2014 as senior vice president for retail and online stores and is the only female senior executive at Apple.