The tech industry has a gender problem.
According to the National Center Women & Information Technology, 57 percent of professional occupations in the 2014 U.S. Workforce were held by women. And only 26 percent of professional computing occupations in the 2014 U.S. workforce were held by women. Women make up a significant portion of the tech-consumer market, so shouldn’t the people who build technology should represent the people who use it?
The NCWIT says that “although women today comprise half the world’s population and more than half of the U.S. professional workforce, they play only a small role in inventing the technology of tomorrow. The lack of girls and women in computing and technology represents a failure to capitalize on the benefits of diverse perspectives: in a world dependent on innovation, it can bring the best and broadest problem-solvers to the table; and at a time when technology drives economic growth, it can yield a larger and more competitive workforce.”
Despite the challenges that face women in a male dominated industry, there are a number of women of have defied the odds. These incredible women have not only found success — but they have served as advocates to other women in the tech industry.
Here is advice from 5 women who have found success in the tech industry.
CEO and Owner of Speck Design
“There is a voice inside you that will tell you that you are not good enough, prepared enough, or worthy enough to fulfill your dreams. Quiet that voice.” (VIA)
2. Sheryl Sandberg
Chief Operating Officer of Facebook
“Studies show that women often underestimate their own abilities…If women believe they can succeed in tech, they will. And so many amazing technical leaders already do.”
3. Miriam Naficy
CEO and Founder of Minted.com
“Taking risks allows you to shoot up the career ladder and gain personal leverage much faster.” (VIA)
4. Marissa Mayer
President and CEO of Yahoo
“I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough. Sometimes that’s a sign that something really good is about to happen. You’re about to grow and learn a lot about yourself.”
5. Jo Roach
“More women must step up and talk about their work, their achievements, and share their unique perspective.” (VIA)