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Empowering the Future: Celebrating Women’s Triumphs and Tackling Challenges in Tech

Empowering the Future: Celebrating Women’s Triumphs and Tackling Challenges in Tech

“I want to see a world where every girl feels confident to pursue her dreams, no matter how big or technical they are. Women need to be written back into history. I don’t just want to tell my daughter she can be anything. I want to show her.” – Reshma Saujani, the founder of Girls Who Code

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Women in Technology Stats and Facts

  • Leadership Positions: ~17% of CEOs of technology companies are held by women, indicating a considerable gap in higher-level positions and decision-making roles within the industry.
  • Gender Pay Gap: The gender pay gap in the tech industry, while narrower then in some other sectors, still persists, with women earning approximately 94 cents for every dollar earned by men in similar positions.
  • Startup Funding: Women-led startups received a small fraction of venture capital funding compared to their male counterparts, with reports indicating that only about 2% of VC funding went to women-led startups.
  • Workforce Representation: Women made up about 27.6% of the workforce in major tech companies, underscoring a significant gender gap in employment within the technology sector.
  • Black and Latinx women in tech are represented at 2.2% and 1.9%, respectively.


Women’s Impact in Technology and Cybersecurity

Mary Meeker dubbed as the “Queen of the Internet” and a Partner at Bond Capital is celebrated for her insightful annual Internet Trends report.

Aileen Lee is the founder of Cowboy Ventures, Aileen Lee is known for coining the term “unicorn” for startups valued at over $1B USD.

Dr. Wendy Nather has worked with leading organizations to develop effective security programs and contributed extensively to the cybersecurity community.

Katie Moussouris is known for her work in vulnerability disclosure and bug bounty programs. She has been a advocate for ethical hacking and security.

March isn’t just any month; it’s Women’s Month

Women’s Month shines a light on women’s vital role in tech and cybersecurity innovation. It’s also a reminder of the power of collaboration with allies to reach our shared goals. Allyship is an individual who unites themselves with another to promote a common interest where both benefits.

“Allyship is about progress, not perfection. Allyship is active, not passive. It requires frequent and consistent behaviors.”

Harvard Business Review: 7 Ways to Practice Active Allyship

In cybersecurity, Women’s Month is an opportunity to honor the trailblazing women who have defied stereotypes and emerged as leaders in safeguarding infrastructures. Their expertise have been crucial in developing cutting-edge cybersecurity solutions and defending organizations from cyber threats. However, their journey hasn’t been without challenges. By collaborating with allies,  they’ve been able to overcome these obstacles and make their mark in the field.

In the technology sector, Women’s Month offers an important platform to acknowledge the groundbreaking contributions of female innovators and technologists. Competition is indeed driving force behind innovation, and women play a major role in innovation. From envisioning transformative software applications to building hardware, women have been at the forefront of driving technological progress and innovation. Support and teamwork have helped break barriers, paving the way for future women in tech.

One key aspect to achieving our shared goals is through collaboration and diversity. Women’s Month emphasizes unity and diversity in elevating women in tech, driving innovation for everyone.

Let’s celebrate women’s achievements and embrace collaboration to break barriers and foster inclusivity for all to thrive via allyship. Together, let’s continue to champion contributions, support each other, and pave the way for a more inclusive and innovative future.

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