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IWD 2018: 5 Inspirational Women in the Tech & STEM Field

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IWD 2018: 5 Inspirational Women in the Tech & STEM Field

In honor of International Women’s Day, we at Puls want to salute the strong women who have boldly asserted themselves through the world of tech. The fight for equal representation in the field has been a challenging, uphill battle – and it’s not over yet. But while often underrepresented and underpaid, women are competing – and surpassing – their male counterparts in traditionally male-dominated fields.

STEM fields – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math – are still being marketed to young people as more “boy” than “girl” focused, but despite this there are a growing number of incredible female role models in the tech industry. Initiatives like Google’s “Women Techmakers” global event series honoring International Women’s Day give voice to some of those influencers, and help spread the message that anyone with the ability and determination can accomplish their dreams.

Without further ado, we present our list of top tech presentations by inspiring female influencers. 

 

Fei Fei Li

Google Cloud’s chief scientist and head of artificial intelligence and machine learning at Google China, Fei Fei Li started out in academia, getting her PhD in electrical engineering from the prestigious California Institute of Technology in 2005, and becoming a professor of computer science at Stanford University and the directory of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab. She’s published in media outlets such as the New York Times and Science Magazine. And she is eloquently sharing with the world all of the capabilities contained in AI.  

 

Ayah Bdeir

Bdeir is the founder and CEO of littleBits, a New York-based startup that makes a gender-neutral set of Lego-like parts that are both toys and learning devices. By snapping together the modular pieces, key engineering and science skills are learned – and importantly, the product is geared neither towards both girls and boys.

Bdeir’s parents didn’t believe in gender differences, and pushed their girls to pursue careers in science and engineering. Her mom even attended university at the same time the Bdeir and her sisters were getting their own degrees. The investment paid off, and now Bdeir is a well-known speaker, gender equality advocate, interactive artist, and proponent of open-source hardware, working to revolutionize educational technology and make it equally accessible to all.  

 

Sunita Mohanty

Director of Trust & Safety at Google India, Mohanty has been trailblazing in the tech industry for over 18 years. She will be the keynote speaker at Google’s “Women Techmakers” series in Bangalore on March 24. In addition to her work at Google, Mohanty also works with the government of Telangana, and leads community outreach activities in order to help create awareness and promote online safety and empowerment for women throughout India. 

 

  

Lenora Porter

Porter is a community builder as much as she is a designer. And she is a self-professed design maniac –  just watch her YouTube clip to see. In an era when people try to tear others down in order to build themselves up, Porter is a great example of someone who unselfishly works for the greater good, and who sees the strength in a strong community.  

 

Lillian Pierson

Another great democratizer, Pierson encourages people to take their own first steps towards careers in data science without worrying about daunting, formal, four-year education programs. And Pierson would know – she started her career in environmental engineering before transitioning into data science, and she is now the author of “Data Science for Dummies.”

Today, Pierson travels the world, not only training and mentoring others interested in her field, but encouraging them to let go of their fears and simply go for it. As Pierson shows, with a little drive and perseverance, you too can write the book on it – literally. 

We hope these powerful women help you stay tenacious and get inspired, and we wish you all a happy International Women's Day!

Jake S.
Jake S.
Jake Sherman is a professional writer with a background in journalism. He is fascinated by home appliances and how they work. He enjoys breaking down complex topics and explaining them in interesting ways. He has been a Puls staff writer for two years. When he's not writing, he enjoys trotting around the globe, trying unfamiliar foods, and testing unmarked doors to see if they're locked.

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