Women in technology is an often talked about topic as each year the big technology companies (Google, Microsoft, Apple) report abysmal numbers of women in technology and leadership positions. CNET breaks down last year’s numbers noting that women make up 51% of the population and 59% of the workforce but a staggering 30% of jobs in the technology sector. When it comes to leadership roles, these numbers get even smaller, begging the question why don’t women have more of a role in technology?
What makes the case even worse is that instead of these numbers growing at a slow pace, they seem to be declining. Women are not represented in the field of technology, and the big companies are slow to change their ways.
What can be done?
While it’s great to admire technology founders like Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey, and Larry Page, we need to recognize the immense accomplishments of women in the field as well -- and remember they accomplished everything in an male-dominated environment. And while we continuously cheer Marissa Mayer and Sheryl Sandberg, here are six women who are also kicking glass and taking names.
1. Dana Settle, Co-Founder & Partner, Greycroft Partners
Dana heads the firm’s west coast office after spending several years as a VC and advisor to startups. She also serves as a Board of Director to IMAX Corporation.
Since 96% of VC partners are male, it’s nice to see a woman taking the lead in this industry. Follow her on Twitter here.
2. Elissa Shevinsky, Head of Product at Brave, former CEO of Glimpse Labs
Elissa is the Head of Product at Brave and the author of ‘Lean Out’.
3. Cate Huston, Director of Mobile Engineering at Ride
Cate is additionally an advisor to Glowforge, Co-Curator at Technically Speaking, and an Engineer at Show & Hide.
Cate is an international speaker and writes for her blog Accidentally in Code and was an organizer of Girl Geek Dinners, an organization that runs events for technologically-inclined women. Follow her on Twitter here.
4. Karen Catlin, Advocate for Women in Tech
Karen has worked in the technology industry for years (former VP at Adobe) and now coaches women in tech to be stronger leaders and men on how to treat women as allies in the industry.
Perhaps one of the biggest speakers and well-known women advocating for more women in the technology industry, Karen writes, speaks, and presents on this topic daily. Follow her on Twitter here.
5. Amelia Greenhall, Chief Creative Officer of Magic Vibes Corporation
Amelia co-founded the technology startup as well as designed the Vibes app (both product design and UX/UI) for iOS and Apple Watch.
Amelia has done a lot for other women in technology, including co-founding feminist tech blog, Model View Culture, and co-founding Double Union, a female hackerspace in San Francisco.
Follow her on Twitter here.
6. Ari Horie, Founder of Women's Startup Lab
Ari previously worked at IBM and smaller tech companies before launching Women’s Startup Lab to help female startup founders grow their company.
As a female owned and run company, our team at Launchway Media find it inspiring to watch these women break down those ever lowering glass ceilings. We know more and more women can be added to this list, and hopefully gain the notoriety they deserve.