The tech industry is fiercely male-dominated. And it makes it really hard for women to rise through the ranks. If you look at any list of leading names in tech, you will notice that women are vastly outnumbered. However, it doesn’t mean the tech world is lacking some brilliant female minds. There are a lot of powerful women who are continuing to prove that women can also have a fundamental role in the technology industry.
Since we don’t want to rank them in order of importance (because they are all amazing as well as the tremendous work they do), they are just presented in a random order of awesomeness!
Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube
Susan Wojcicki, Master of Science degree holder, is currently heading up YouTube – one of the most powerful media platforms in the world. You may not know but Susan has been a part of Google team since the very beginning. It actually started out in her garage where Larry Page, Sergey Brin and Susan set up an office. And when Youtube bought Google, she helped to merge these two search engines together and turn it into a powerful search machine that it is today.
Ginni Rommetty, CEO of IBM
Ginni Rommetty basically turned the life of IBM around. Before her taking over the position of CEO, the tech giant was experiencing major declines quarter after quarter. Ginni refocused the company business strategy into investing in data analytics and cloud computing which attracted more customers, and as a result, improved the company’s revenue.
Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook
Just like Susan Wojcicki, Sheryl Sandberg started out her career at Google. But in 2007, she joined Facebook team and became the chief operating officer. In 2012, Sheryl was elected to the Facebook’s board of directors which made her the first female on the board. Growing Facebook as a brand is only one of her achievements. She is on the board of Women for Women International, and fighting against gender gap which can still be found in the tech industry.
Jean Liu, President of Didi Chuxing
Jean Liu is without a doubt one of the most powerful businessmen in Chinese tech industry. Technically, the Didi Chuxing wouldn’t even exist if it wasn’t for her. Side note: Didi Chuxing is China’s largest mobile transportation platform.
Angela Ahrendts, Senior VP in Apple
As a former CEO for Burberry and a present SVP for retail at Apple, Angela Ahrendts responsibilities involve taking care of retail and online sales for products at the world’s largest company (Apple is now the first company to worth 1 trillion dollars). She’s also the only woman on the company’s executive board. No wonder she made the list of the most powerful women in the world.
Gwynne Shotwell, COO in SpaceX
Gwynne Shotwell is the woman who keeps SpaceX alive and turns Elon Musk’s bold ideas into business. If it’s the first time you hear about the SpaceX – it’s an American space transportation company that launches sattelites to space. This amazing woman has been responsible for company growth since 2002 which makes her Elon Musk’s second-in-command. Let alone there aren’t many women in the aerospace field to begin with, but she made it to the top.