In this list we’ve included ten women who’ve made important contributions to recent digital history, leading some of the biggest and best-known tech companies in the world, as well as innovators and visionaries within Digital and Technology disciplines.
- Susan Wojcicki
Wojcicki started her tech career at Google where she was involved in developing the company’s pioneering pay-per-click advertising programmes. Since 2014 she has been CEO of YouTube, steering the online video platform through incredible growth. Her sister, Anne Wojcicki is another tech pioneer having founded consumer genetics company 23andMe.
- Ursula Burns
Burns began her career at Xerox in the 1980s. In 2009 she became the company’s first female, African-American CEO and the first Black woman to lead a Fortune500 company. She led Xerox through a huge period of technological change, growing its services arm and identifying new markets.
- Erica Joy Baker
Baker is a software developer and engineer who has worked for big names such as Microsoft, Patreon, Google and is currently CTO for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). She is an outspoken advocate for diversity and inclusion and the importance of having open discussions about equal compensation and the gender pay gap in tech.
- Radia Perlman
Perlman is a computer programmer and engineer who is most famous for inventing the spanning-tree protocol (STP) and Transparent Interconnection of Lots of Links (TRILL) which is used by most internet service providers today. These protocols meant data could flow without interruption, paving the way for the transformation from ethernet networks to large cloud-based networks.
- Annyce Davies
Davies is Director of Engineering at Meetup and has been named as one of Google Developer’s tech trailblazers. She is currently involved in transforming Meetup’s native applications for the future. She’s also an Android Google Developer Expert and is passionate about providing online training materials, videos, and blogs for the community.
- Carol Shaw
Shaw began working for Atari as a programmer in 1978 and was the first female professional video game designer. Whilst at Atari she worked on numerous games for the 2600 console including 3D Tic-Tac-Toe, ‘Video Checkers’, and ‘River Raid’ which was hailed as design masterpieces. She was awarded the Industry Icon Award at the 2017 Game Awards.
- Charlene Hunter
Hunter is founder of the non-profit organisation, Coding Black Females, and is committed to increasing the number of Black women developers in the UK. Coding Black Females runs bootcamps, educational events and programmes designed to encourage and support women coders. She began coding at the age of ten, studied computer science at university, and was awarded an MBE for her services to technology and diversity in 2022.
- Melanie Perkins
Perkins is one of the youngest CEOs in the world. She founded online design company, Canva, as a start-up when she was just 22 years old. The platform is now worth over $1billion. But Canva wasn’t Perkins’ first successful tech business. She began her career by developing Fusion Books, a tool to allow her classmates to design their yearbooks easily. Within five years Fusion Books was Australia’s largest yearbook company.
- Charity Wanjiku
Wanjiku is a pioneer of sustainable technology and renewable energy. She created an innovative solar power system which aims to reduce energy poverty in Kenya by 2030. Wanjiku’s system combines traditional roofing materials with solar cells that allows homeowners to measure their energy use, reduce their bills and recycle energy back to national grid.
- Komal Mangtani
Mangtani is Head of Engineering at Meta and has used AI and machine learning-driven automations to improve payment and tax processes and fraud detection. She has helped drive Uber’s growth to 5.5 million monthly users and $11.3 billion in annual revenue. Beyond her prior roles at VMware and Uber, Mangtani works to increase diversity in tech and has donated $1.2 billion to Girls Who Code.
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