Celebrating Women in Tech on International Women’s Day

“There is no limit to what we as women can accomplish.”

-Michelle Obama

If you didn’t know, today is International Women’s Day. International Women’s Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. For today’s post I thought that I should celebrate Women in Tech with my blog post.


When I was younger, I was always glued to our old, huge, clunky computer which sat in our living room. What I didn’t know at that age was that so many other women were interested in tech just like I was. My 8 year old brain had never heard of Ada Lovelace, the first computer programmer. I had no idea who Margaret Hamilton was ( the Director of the Software Engineering Division of the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory that developed on-board flight software for the Apollo space program), and I certainly didn’t understand how pioneering Grace Hopper who invented the COBOL programming language was.

 

8 year old Olivia has grown up a lot since then and so too has the world of Tech, and with it the influence of women in the industry. There are more and more female role models for girls to aspire to be like, every year more and more young girls are turning to STEM subjects in school, while the percentage is still quite small it is growing.

While it’s not possible to talk about every single women in tech, here’s a few of my role models in this industry:

Behind the video sharing giant, Youtube, is Susan Wojcicki a Harvard graduate who was Google’s first marketing operative – she rented her garage out to Google’s Founders. It was Susan who later convinced Google bosses to buy Youtube which she lead forward to even greater heights..

In the technical age, finding a boyfriend or girlfriend is now as easy as swiping left or right. That’s is thanks to Whitney Wolfe, who co-founded the popular dating app Tinder. After she left Tinder, Whitney founded another popular dating app Bumble. Which works the same way as Tinder does, but only the women initiate the conversation aiming to empower women using it.

Women Who code is an non-profit organisation aiming to inspire women to excel in technology careers. Sheree Atcheson, a software engineer, founded the Belfast and UK branches of Women Who Code. Sheree graduated from Queen’s University with a degree in computer science.

I couldn’t talk about Women in Tech without mentioning the great strides that women are making in the drone industry. Sally French is a journalist and blogger who runs the website based on her flying persona The Drone Girl. The Drone Girl site is an industry favourite for all things drone, including reviews and updates of what’s going on in the drone world.

Those are just a few of my role models in the tech world – I pretty much consider all women who work in any sort of tech job a role model because, even at present, we have to work that little bit harder to prove to the masses that we’re good at what we do.

Today is a day to celebrate all women, all over the world; those who strive for changes in politics, in education or even changes in your own home.

As Beyonce once asked: “who run the world?”. “Girls!”

8 year old Olivia has grown up alot since then and so too has the world of Tech, and with it so has the influence of women in the industry. There are more and more female role models for girls to aspire to be like, every year more and more young girls are turning to STEM subjects in school, while the percentage is still quite small it is growing.

If you didn’t know, today is International Women’s Day. International Women’s Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. For today’s post I thought that I should celebrate Women in Tech with my blog post.

 

When I was younger, I was always glued to our old, huge, clunky computer which sat in our living room. What I didn’t know at that age was that so many other women were interested in tech just like I was. My 8 year old brain had never heard of Ada Lovelace, the first computer programmer. I had no idea who Margaret Hamilton was ( the Director of the Software Engineering Division of the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory that developed on-board flight software for the Apollo space program), and I certainly didn’t understand how pioneering Grace Hopper who invented the COBOL programming language was.

“There is no limit to what we as women can accomplish.”

-Michelle Obama

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