Role Models for Women in Tech

Female technology role models are important to help get more women and girls into STEM studies and careers. Check out these 11 inspiring ICT superstars.

  • Ada Lovelace, the first computer programmer, born in 1815.
  • Anita Borg, an American computer scientist dedicated to including more women in technology, in part by founding Systers (a forum for women in computing), the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, and the Institute for Women and Technology (now the Anita Borg Institute) and as a fellow at the Association for computing Machinery, among other achievements.
  • Martha Lane Fox, founder of Lastminute.com, Digital Inclusion Champion for the UK government, and youngest female member of the UK House of Lords.
  • Susan Wojcicki, who created the first Google Doodle and is now head of YouTube.
  • Belinda Parmar, founder of Little Miss Geek and Lady Geek, and award-winning campaigner for women in ICT in the UK.
  • Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and the company’s first female board member.
  • Kathryn Parsons, who founded Decoded, a company that teaches coding.
  • Juliana Rotich, who developed ways to crowdfund information in disasters, and is executive director of Ushahidi, an open-source software non-profit.
  • Nicola Mendelson, vice president for Facebook in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
  • Elizabeth Feinler, who directed the Network Information Systems Centre at the Stanford Research Institute, which developed the network that later became the internet, earning her a place in the Internet Hall of Fame.
  • Dorcas Muthoni, creator of AfChix and Internet Hall of Fame honoree.

Visit the Girls in ICT Portal to read interviews with other female technology role models.

Source: Martin Williams, The Guardian; Leslie Regan Shade, Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc.; Anita Borg Institute