We’ve taken inspiration from International Women’s Day, and looked at how women have made their mark in the IT industry. There are some truly inspirational stories of powerful women who have made it in the largely male-dominated IT field.
These ten women have helped not only to shape the future of technology, but also to change stereotypes and pave the way for the future of women in IT.
Margaret Heafield Hamilton is an American computer scientist, systems engineer, and business owner. She was Director of the Software Engineering Division of the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory, which developed on-board flight software for the Apollo space program.
Sheryl Sandberg For the fourth time, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has been named the most powerful woman in technology on the Forbes’ Power Women list, placing eighth on the list overall. Sandberg is also a voice for female empowerment in the workplace as the author of the 2013 best-selling book Lean In.
Susan Wojcicki (CEO, Youtube) was Google’s 16th employee – the company worked out of her garage for its first few months, until she spearheaded the move to Mountain View. Wojcicki was the first to market the search engine, and came up with the innovation of including a Google search bar in websites.
Ginni Rometty is the current Chairwoman, President and CEO of IBM, the first woman to head the company, initially joining as a
systems engineer in 1981. She graduated from Northwestern University in 1979 with degrees in computer science and electrical engineering.
Marissa Mayer (Yahoo CEO) is the president and chief executive officer of Yahoo!, a position she has held since 2012. In January 2017, it was announced that she stepped down from the company’s board to serve as CEO of the company. She was a long-time executive, usability leader, and spokesperson for Google.
Safra Catz has been an executive at Oracle Corporation since April 1999, and a board member since 2001. In April 2011 she was named co-president and chief financial officer, reporting to founder/CEO Larry Ellison. In 2014, Ellison stepped down and Mark Hurd and Safra Catz were named as the new CEOs.
Angela Ahrendts (Apple Senior VP). Angela Jean Ahrendts is the senior vice president of retail at Apple Inc. She was CEO of Burberry from 2006 to 2014, when she left to join Apple. Ahrendts ranked 25th in Forbes’ 2015 list of the most powerful women in the world, 9th in the U.K.
Ruth Porat (born 1957) is a British-born American financial executive, and the current Chief Financial Officer of Alphabet Inc (of
which Google is a subsidiary) as of May 2015. She was the CFO and Executive Vice President of Morgan Stanley from 2010 to 2015.
Lucy Peng (CEO, Alibaba). Lucy Peng is the executive chair of Ant Financial Services, the online finance arm of Alibaba Group. Peng has previously been, among other positions in Alibaba Group, its chief people officer.
Meg Whitman (CEO of HP). Margaret Cushing “Meg” Whitman is an American business executive and political activist and donor. Whitman is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Hewlett Packard
Enterprise, as well as Chairwoman of HP Inc.