The number of women in I.T. or other technology-related roles is growing every day. What is usually seen as a male-dominated industry, is attracting more and more female leaders and employees.
Here are 10 of the most influential women in the technology field today:
1. Susan Wojcicki – Youtube CEO
A Harvard University Grad, Wojcicki was Google’s first ever marketing manager. From there she soared through the ranks, landing the position of CEO of YouTube after her proposal that Google purchase the video platform was accepted.
2. Sheryl Sandberg – Facebook COO
Now a household name, Sheryl Sandberg is the first female member of the board of directors at Facebook. Considering her astonishign success, it is hard to believe she was offered the position of COO after meeting Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg at a Christmas party.
3. Meg Whitman – HP CEO
Whitman got her start jumping from big company to big company until she landed at eBay back when the selling platform only had 30 employees. After coming onto the board of directors at HP, Whitman became CEO just six short months later.
4. Ginni Rometty – IBM CEO
The same year she graduated college, Rometty accepted a position at General Motors and later joined the staff at IBM. Though she had several positions within the technology company, she landed the job of CEO in 2011.
5. Angela Ahrendts – Apple SVP of retail
Originally starting her career in the fashion industry, Ahrendts made her way into the technology industry and joined the Apple family in 2014. She is the only female executive employed by the tech conglomerate.
6. Safra Catz – Oracle co-CEO
After attending Harvard Law School, Catz became a banker and eventually joined the Oracle team. After serving in various positions at the comapny, she joined the board of directors in 2001 and has been with the company ever since.
7. Ursula Burns – Xerox CEO & Chairman
Burns originally worked for Xerox as a summer intern. What was once only a seasonal commitment soon transformed into a clear career path. Burns is a member of the Forbes Most Powerful Women in the World list.
8. Amy Hood – Microsoft CFO
Another Harvard grad, Hood started her career in investment banking before transferring to the technology sector. She was announced as Microsoft’s CFO in 2013.
9. Lucy Peng – AliPay CEO
Peng is one of China’s 21 self-made female billionaires. She started out as the head of HR for Alibaba before starting her own company and launching her success.
10. Ruth Porat – Alphabet CFO
Born and raised in England, Porat bounced to many different positions in the financial industry before joining Alphabet in 2015.