Women in tech are pushing the envelope with innovations and inventions but yet globally the numbers are all lopsided in favour of men. This year alone bro-culture books have emerge in many numbers out of Silicon Valley, where it all began and thrives. Bhawana Bisht brings you powerful voices of women who make it big in technology both in India and overseas and stirred a change we all want to see.

Embracing your own version – how these proficient women in tech are all kinds of inspiring!

  1. Sheryl Sandberg’s (COO, Facebook) personification of optimism is what women, all age groups, aspire for. Hence, let us begin and end with her words of wisdom – 

Feeling confident – or pretending that you feel confident is necessary to reach for opportunities. It’s a cliché, but opportunities are rarely offered, they’re seized.”

     2. As Facebook India’s first employee, Kirthiga Reddy (Former Managing Director, Facebook India), actually opened the shutters of the Facebook office on day one. This is her advice to everyone – 

Dream big. It does not matter what your background is, from where you come or the institution you studied. Push all the mind barriers, push hard until you remove them.”

Aruna Jayanthi
Aruna Jayanthi

       3. Aruna Jayanthi (CEO, Capgemini India), in an interview to Your Story in 2003 – 

Another thing that is true of this industry is that, you are not doing a 9-5 job. You have to be available to network. You have to be available to meet customers on weekends. You have to do so much more to succeed.”

       4. Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube –

Life doesn’t always present you with the perfect opportunity at the perfect time. Opportunities come when you least expect them, or when you’re not ready for them. Rarely are opportunities presented to you in the perfect way, in a nice little box with a yellow bow on top. Opportunities, the good ones, they’re messy and confusing and hard to recognize. They’re risky. They challenge you.”

       5. Erin Teague, Virtual reality product lead at Youtube, Google – 

Recognize and embrace your uniqueness. I don’t think the ratios are going to change anytime soon. But, I don’t think it has to be a disadvantage. Being a Black woman, being a woman in general, on a team of all men, means that you are going to have a unique voice. It’s important to embrace that.”

       6. Vanitha Narayanan, Managing Director, IBM India Private Limited –

If we focus on skilling and innovation, we can be not just part of the new ecosystem, but drive the ecosystem.”

       7. Kumud Srinivasan, President, Intel – 

Success has to be defined on one’s own terms; nobody else can define it for us.”

       8. Concluding with Sheryl Sandberg (COO, Facebook) again since she is the pioneer of  – 

The easy days ahead of you will be easy. It is the hard days — the times that challenge you to your very core — that will determine who you are. You will be defined not just by what you achieve, but by how you survive.”

Anita Borg, the woman who founded the Institute for Women and Technology and the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing

Anita Borg Doodled by Kirthi Jayakumar in Partnership with SheThePeople
Anita Borg Doodled by Kirthi Jayakumar in Partnership with SheThePeople

“Leaders of the future will have to be visionary and be able to bring people in – real communicators. These are things that women bring to leadership and executive positions, and it’s going to be incredibly valuable and incredibly in demand.” ~ Anita Borg

It is vividly important that we start talking more with regard to women in the field of technology. Globally, society’s old, faulty conditioning concerning the role and importance of women in technology is fading. Tech shapes the way how people handle their lifestyle, thus, it happens to be the backbone of functioning these days, and women evolving as highly effectual in the field is progressive. Get ready, feel inspired, embrace your dreams and march forward. 

 

 

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