Top Ten Women in the Tech Industry

A Bit on Predecessors

A huge contribution to the development of the IT industry was made by Ada Lovelace (more on her later in the article), Grace Hopper (scientist, United States Navy rear admiral, pioneer of computer programming), Hedy Lamarr (inventor and actress who co-invented an early version of frequency-hopping spread spectrum communication), Annie Easley (computer and rocket scientist, mathematician), Mary Wilkes (programmer and developer most known for her worked on the LINC computer, considered the world’s first personal computer), Adele Goldberg (a scientist who participated in the development of the Smalltalk-80 programming language and object-oriented programming), Radia Perlman (programmer and network engineer, creator of the Spanning Tree Protocol), Karen Spärck Jones (pioneer in the field of computer technology, developed the concept that underlies most modern search engines), and Elizabeth J. Feinler (headed the Center for Networked Information Systems at Stanford Research Institute) to name a few.

How to Increase the Visibility of Women in Tech

There is no single way to increase the visibility of women in the tech industry. One of the events aimed at reaching this goal is Ada Lovelace Day, held annually on the second Tuesday of October since 2009. Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, was an English mathematician and writer. She worked on a mechanical general-purpose computer, initially developed by Charles Babbage, and was the first to create an algorithm (or program) for this machine. For this reason, she is considered the world’s first programmer.

The Most Influential Women in Tech Today

And now let’s spend some time learning more about women who currently work in IT. Each of them can serve as an inspiring role model for those who are just thinking about starting a career in technology.

Susan Wojcicki

Whitney Wolfe Herd

Reshma Saujani

Kimberly Bryant

Kate Crawford

Noushin Shabab

Kike Oniwinde

Ellen Kangru Pao

Stacy Brown-Philpot

Chelsea Brown

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