on 30 May 2019 4:09 PM
  • Women in Technology
  • Woman Communities
  • Ada Lovelace
  • Hedy Lamarr
  • Grace Hopper
  • Katherine Bouman

The important role of women in technology

Until the end of the twentieth century, social paradigms were imposed that limited the entry of women into the technological field. In recent decades, this idea has changed. Now women have begun to enter careers related to technology, and although there are great advances, there are still many challenges ahead.

Today, an increasing number of women occupy key management and strategic positions in technology-related companies and have made great strides due to their creativity, attention to detail, intelligence and commitment to the world to excel in everyday life. According to an article published on February 28th in the Spanish newspaper El País, "Between 2006 and 2016, according to a recent study by LinkedIn, the presence of women in positions of responsibility in the global technology industry increased by 18%.

If we look at the past, we can highlight great women who have contributed to technological evolution, for example, Ada Lovelace, who is considered the first computer programmer. She worked on Charles Babbage's analytical machine (the first version of a general-purpose mechanical calculator), developing what is now recognized as the first algorithm to be processed by a machine.  Hedy Lamarr had great contributions in the field of telecommunications as co-inventor of the WIFI. Grace Hopper is known as the "mother of computing". She worked at the Harvard Computation Lab as part of the Naval Reserve, programming the Mark 1 computer that brought speed and accuracy to military initiatives.

Today, there are also women who continue to inspire us with their technological contributions. Here are some of them.

Outstanding women in technology (2018-2019)

  • Sheryl Sandberg: Leader in the field of technology, activist and author of books such as: "Lean in: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead" and "Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy ". She is the COO of Facebook and founder of Leanin.org.
  • Ginni Rometty: Current president and CEO of IBM. Ginni began her career with IBM in 1981 in Detroit. Since then, she has held a number of leadership positions, most recently as senior vice president and group executive for sales, marketing and strategy at IBM.
  • Susan Wojcicki: CEO of YouTube since 2014 and was responsible for advertising on Google for nearly 15 years.
  • Katherine Bouman: Computer scientist who at only 29 years old has developed the algorithm necessary to achieve the first photograph of a black hole.

We have many examples of women who have excelled in the field of technology. Many of them have created technological communities in different parts of the world to unite more women and share their experience, creativity and promote innovation.

Technology communities for women around the world

Here are some communities to inspire you. The list is much longer, as technology giants strongly support this initiative around the world. Keep in mind that we are only mentioning a few.