Women have contributed many technological advancements behind the scenes throughout the years. In past blogs, we have discussed some notable women in technology such as Lynn Conway, Ann Mei Chang, Angelica Ross, Sophie Wilson, Leanne Pittsford, Kimberly Bryant, Dr. Shirley Jackson, and Jessica Matthews. However in today’s blog, in honor of Women’s History Month, we would like to highlight 6 of today’s top women in technology.
Reshma Saujani is an activist who has been working towards women’s economic empowerment for many years. She saw the gender gap in computing and created Girls Who Code to combat it. She built Girls Who Code into an influential organization and was awarded Most Innovative Non-Profit by Fast Company in 2019. She is no longer the CEO of Girls Who Code but continues to work towards the empowerment of women through The Marshall Plan for Moms.
Leanne Kemp is an innovator and expert on blockchain. She founded Everledger as a way to allow stakeholders to prevent fraud and money laundering using blockchain. Everledger has won several awards and Kemp is on several councils related to technology and blockchain.
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In 2012, Ellen Pao filed a lawsuit against her employer, Kleiner Perkins, for gender discrimination. Despite her lawsuit being unsuccessful, she has been shedding light on gender discrimination in the technology industry ever since. In 2016, she co-founded Project Include, which is a non-profit that helps organizations achieve diversity and inclusion.
Katie Moussouris is a computer hacker who has worked for 20 years in professional cybersecurity. She had brought unique perspectives to the field of cybersecurity. While working at Microsoft she started the Microsoft Vulnerability Research and their first bug bounty program. She has worked with and advised several governments, leading the United States to develop its first Bug Bounty Program. She founded Luta Security to help advance security to Governments and organizations around the world.
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Dr. Vivienne Ming is widely known for her research and inventions. She is an AI expert and spends time creating AI that helps to solve some of the world’s problems. That is what led her to co-found Socos Labs which is described as “a mad science incubator dedicated to solving some of the world’s most pressing problems.” Outside of that, she is involved in many organizations many of which push people to become better people and use the max potential.
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Joy Boulamwini calls herself a Poet of Code who uses her research to highlight the issues with AI while working towards more equity and accountability in technology. Her MIT Thesis showed large racial and gender bias in AI, which had not been previously brought to light. She speaks and writes on algorithmic justice and the impact of AI. To raise public awareness of the impact of AI, she founded the Algorithmic Justice League in 2016.
This article is by no means comprehensive in showcasing the amazing women in the technology industry today. However, we hope it will spark an interest in learning more about the impact of women on technology. Encouraging women to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) careers or build their businesses invigorates those industries with a fresh perspective. Diversity within the tech space is growing, and we at DOMA believe that meaningful change begins from within. It is our goal to build an inclusive, collaborative environment that values everyone’s unique contributions. We are committed to helping people find their place in the technology sector.
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