In honor of the upcoming Women’s Equality Day on August 26 being, we’re recognizing six of the most inspiring women working in Tech today.
With this post, we’re hoping that more girls will take interest in STEM, follow the path paved by these Technology Queens, and – in the words of another queen – run the world.
We salute you!
Parisa Tabriz, Google Chrome
Informally known as the “Security Princess”, Parisa Tabriz is one of Silicon Valleys top security experts. Tabriz refers to herself as a hacker at heart and manages a team of “hired hackers” for Google Chrome.
Parisa Tabriz, was on the team herself from 2013 to 2016 and has worked up to the very impressive position of the engineering director/”Browser Boss” at Chrome.
She believes that young children–especially girls–should be taught hacking skills from a young age, as the widespread knowledge of cybersecurity will ultimately lead to a safer web.
Tarisa Tabriz was exposed to hacking from a very young age when she discovered how to purge banner ads from websites she created using a free version of an early web design platform. She loved the challenges and the puzzles behind hacking web forms which ultimately led to her very successful career at Google.
Rebecca Garcia, CoderDojo NYC
Co-founder of CoderDojo NYC, Rebecca Garcia’s passion is to expose young people–especially from underprivileged communities– to coding. Garcia herself was introduced to coding languages through a MIT summer extracurricular program and has been building and maintaining websites ever since.
Garcia’s longtime goal has been to pay back this opportunity to those in communities like the one she grew up in. Her efforts have been largely recognized, she was awarded the Champion of Change award in 2013 by the Obama Administration. In addition, she has held positions at Squarespace and NextCaller and is currently at Microsoft working as a technical product manager.
“It’s so easy for us to get caught up in negative patterns, versus seeing what positive change you can make. Especially for women and minorities, we need to learn to see challenges as stepping stones instead of hurdles. They really can bring you experience and closer to your goals.” – Rebecca Garcia, CoderDojo
Jessica Naziri, TechSesh
Jessica Naziri is the founder and CEO of TechSesh, a website that aligns both the style, technology, and women. It encompasses information on wearable and stylish tech, women in technology, technology reviews, and tech tips and tricks. Nazari has played a prominent role in the tech world and is a renowned technology expert, media personality, and content strategist. She uses these skills to demystify technology and make it more accessible to the everyday reader.
Kimberly Bryant, Black Girls Code
Black Girls Code is an educational nonprofit that was founded in 2011 by Kimberly Bryant in San Franciso and has vastly expanded across the globe. Bryant has become one of the most recognized and influential women in the world of technology education.
Her main demographic is girls of color between the ages of 6 and 17. She teaches them about app development, computer languages, robotics, and even dips into other Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills.
Bryant wishes to increase the number of minority women in all tech fields by exposing them to technology at a very early age and empowering them to take leadership roles in the tech industry. Kimberly Bryant has played a huge role in the disruption of the traditionally male-dominated industry and has been awarded many awards, including the 2013 “Champion of Change for Tech Inclusion” award and the Jefferson Award for Public Service.
Ursula Burns, Xerox
Ursula Burns, overcoming both racial and gender barriers, became the first African -American woman to become CEO of a Fortune 500 company. Burns was raised by a single mother, of Panamanian descent, in New York housing projects.
However, Burns was not going to let any of these social barriers limit her and her trajectory through this life. Ursula Burnes joined Xerox as an intern in 1980 and was quickly offered a position, by senior executive Wayland Hicks, as his executive assistant.
She was regularly promoted throughout her time at Xerox and soon gained the position as the president of Xerox in 2007, and CEO in 2009. Ursula Burns’ career shows the value of loyalty and hard work in the competitive and vicious tech industry.
Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook
CEO of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg, is one of the most passionate and vocal support of women and tech. She had a prosperous career at Google from 2001 to 2007, at which she left to serve as the first women on the social media site’s board of directors.
Sandberg co-wrote a book, “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead,” discussing women’s workplace struggles due to the sexist nature of many industries. The book aimed to promote the disintegration of gender roles and encourage current tech leaders to empower women of the future to not let them be held back by their gender. Leading up to the releasing of her groundbreaking book.
“My hope in writing ‘Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead’ was to change the conversation from what women can’t do to what we can.” – Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook
ALSO Bonus Fact around Sheryl: She has the coolest Facebook handle ever… her target is literally www.facebook.com/sheryl . So she’s known as Sheryl “OG” Sandberg, amidst all the other Sheryls of the world.
We hope you enjoyed this fun read around the IT Queens of Today’s age, and that you appreciate the IT powerhouse women in your world this month. In case you missed it, check out our guest post from local powerhouse Cindy Anderson on Essentials Traits for Exceptional Leadership