Perceptions and stereotypes are meant to be broken;
She can only work in the kitchen, pick and drop the kids to school, keep the house clean, knit a sweater…
Nope, that’s not the case anymore. “She”, now heads an MNC; travels the world to expand a business; carries the “family name” forward…and so much more.
Here, we look at few of the millions of women, who have defined themselves, challenged those who said that they couldn’t, and made a name for themselves in the world of technology. Read on, be inspired!
Kumud Srinivasan, President, Intel India
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“Guilt is the curse of womanhood”, said Srinivasan during an interview a couple of years back. Having worked with Intel for about 30 years now, with a family to raise along with her supportive husband, this feisty woman knows the trade-offs that come with wanting to be the best, achieve the best. As the head of the Indian chapter of the tech giant, she innovates, strategizes, and manages everything Intel. Her advice to women looking for a successful career? “Ask yourself why you are doing what you are doing…and be true to the answer”. Simple words, powerful meaning.
Neelam Dhawan, MD, Hewlett-Packard India
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Currently, the Managing Director of Hewlett Packard, India, this Indian entrepreneur made it to Fortune Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business. With Microsoft, IBM, and HCL figuring in her list of employers, this woman is nothing short of an inspiration for women when she says, “The moment you tell yourself that your family and career are equal, you will make time for both.”
Ellen Ochoa: NASA Astronaut and Johnson Space Center Director
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Her genius and talent were “discovered” aboard the space shuttle in 1993. An alumnus of Stanford, Ochoa is a pioneer in spacecraft technology, with various patents to her name! A regular contributor to scientific magazines, Ellen Ochoa now serves as the Director of the Johnson Space Center. Oh, and she happens to be flutist too. Quite a repertoire, won’t you say?
Susan Wojcicki, CEO, YouTube
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We won’t list her achievements as we have a limited word count 😛 Most of us know her as the face behind our favourite video sharing website, YouTube, but few know that she is the brains behind most of Google’s big ideas like Google Books, Google Images, AdSense, DoubleClick, to name a few. A strong advocate of women getting paid maternity leaves (she has taken 5 of those!), this influential figure was awarded the title of the ‘Most Powerful Woman on the Internet’ by TIME.
Marissa Mayer, CEO, Yahoo
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A computer scientist before anything else, Yahoo’s CEO and President was ranked 6th on Fortune’s 40 under 40 list for her contributions to the tech world. Fresh out of Stanford, this brilliant graduate took up a job with Google, becoming their first female engineer. This mother of three is a geek with a difference: she used to practice ballet, play the piano, and wait for it… captain the pom-pom squad in high school! Truly an all-rounder, Mayer is currently challenging the criticisms that come from heading one of the biggest tech brands in the world.
Virginia Rometty, Chairwoman, President and CEO of IBM
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This is one woman everyone will envy; listed in Fortune’s “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” for ten consecutive years, Rommetty has an academic background in computer science and electrical engineering… and if one’s salary is any indication, then Rommetty’s $19.3 million package in 2014 will tell you just how good she is at what she does!
Jean Bartik, Kay McNulty, Marilyn Wescoff, Ruth Lichterman Teitelbaum, Fran Bilas & Betty Snyder- ENIAC computer programmer team
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Year: 1946. Setting: U.S Military. Protagonists: 6 women.
They remained invisible when their creation- the first all-electronic, programmable computer– was unveiled to the world in 1946. However, what these 6 created all those decades ago as part of the Second World War military needs, now lives on in millions of machines!
Meredith Perry, invented ubeam
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What would you do when you realize that your laptop had no power and you had forgotten the power cord home? Well, if you were Meredith Perry, you would turn this problem into an opportunity and invent the uBeam, a technology that wirelessly allows you to charge your devices. Guess who her investor was? Our very own Marissa Mayer, who promised to invest in her idea after a meeting which lasted only for 12 minutes!
Who says tech is not women’s cup of tea, ha? You have the answer, now. So, this Women’s Day, let these women inspire you to break the glass ceiling, and reach for those stars that you always knew you could reach!