It is a known reality that in so many ways women are always the subject of inequality and discrimination. We’ve heard of countless efforts to combat gender inequality in third world countries but gender discrimination is everywhere, even in the richest countries of the world. Men were stereotyped as leaders of the household, government, workforce, and the biggest industries in the world.
However, in technology women are not far behind, we’re glad to list ten of the most powerful women who have broken the gender norms of the society. These women have taken over senior positions in some of the world’s biggest TECH industry.
10- Amy Hood
Amy Hood is currently the Chief Financial Officer at Microsoft Corporation taking over the position from Peter Klein back in June 2013.
She joined the company’s Business Division in 2002 where she oversaw its financial strategy; she was one of the decision-makers of the company’s purchase of Skype and Yammer. She lands the 63rd spot of the world’s most powerful women according to Forbes and one of the most powerful women in technology.
9- Padmasree Warrior
Padmasree Warrior is currently the Chief Technology & Strategy Officer (CTO) of Cisco Systems, an American company based in San Jose, California. Cisco is a popular distributor and manufacturer of networking equipments and services.
Warrior was formerly the Chief Technology & Strategy Officer of Motorola, Inc. She was one of the few women who joined Motorola in 1984.
She was considered one of the most influential people in India by The Economic Times. And she is by far the only women of Indian heritage to garner the 57th spot of the most powerful women in the world.
8- Cher Wang
Taiwanese businesswoman, Cher Wang have co-founded and currently chaired the HTC Corporation. HTC is a Taiwanese manufacturer of smartphones and tablets, the company was considered the fastest-growing tech enterprise according to Business Week’s Info Tech 100.
HTC Corp has an office based in Bellevue, Washington, a software design office in Seattle, and a research and development office in Durham, North Carolina. Wang is also a notable philanthropist, her countless philanthropic acts include a donation of more than US$20 million for education in 2011.
The queen of wireless descended from one of Taiwan’s wealthiest families. Cher and husband Wen-Chi Chen has a net worth of more than US$8 billion and currently Taiwan’s wealthiest couple. Overall, Wang stands 46th on the Forbes list of the most powerful women.
7- Marissa Mayer
Marissa Mayer currently the President and CEO of Yahoo had held executive positions at Google in 1999. She had worked for more than 10 years at Google who wasn’t then an internet giant. She left Google to run Yahoo in July 2012.
For the first time, Yahoo claimed the top spot of the most web traffic in July 2013 with 196.6 million unique monthly visitors, compared to Google’s 192.3 million according to ComScore. Mayer has turned the company around improving yahoo’s mail, weather page, sports, and news site.
Yahoo has also acquired Tumblr in May 2013, the company’s share price had doubled since Mayer’s appointment as the big-boss. In her prime, she is one of the most powerful women of the world according to Forbes she ranked at number 32 on the list.
6- Susan Wojcik
Susan Wojcicki is currently YouTube’s CEO, but prior to her appointment, she was previously Senior Vice President in charge of product management and engineering at Google. Wojcicki headed all of Google’s ad products, like AdWords and AdSense, Analytics and DoubleClick.
She has contributed to the company’s revenue increase in 2012 and had played a major role in the creation of the multi-billion dollar search engine-Google.
In 1998 when Google was being developed by Sergey Brin and Larry Page, the founders have rented Wojcicki’s garage for an office, and the rest is history. Wojcicki is at number 30 on Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women.
5- Safra Catz
Safra Catz is an Israeli-born American businesswoman and currently the Chief Financial Officer at Oracle. Catz has been employed at Oracle Corporation, holding executive position since 1999. Oracle is a reputable company that develops and distributes Enterprise Software products and Computer Hardware systems.
Oracle spearheaded the creation of database and systems software, enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, customer relationship management (CRM) software, and supply chain management (SCM) software. At the age of 52, Catz is one of the most powerful women in the world standing next to United States Minority Leader of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi at number 22.
4- Meg Whitman
Meg Whitman is a self-made CEO of the world’s largest PC manufacturer and vendor – Hewlett-Packard. She joined HP in January 2011 and became CEO eight months later. Whitman was the former President and CEO of eBay from 1998 to 2008.
In the 1990s, Whitman served as an executive for DreamWorks, Procter & Gamble, and Hasbro. She was formerly VP of strategic planning at The Walt Disney Company in the 1980’s. She has an estimated net worth of $1.9 B. Meg Whitman has an inclination to politics, she supported and financed Mitt Romney’s 2008 presidential campaign. Whitman, a powerful businesswoman stands 15th on the Forbes list while Beyonce on the 17th spot.
3- Ursula Burns
Ursula Burns is currently the Chairman and CEO of Xerox. She is the first African-American woman to head the company. Her story started in 1980, during a summer internship that turned out to be a career opportunity at the company.
Burns started as an intern, and held executive positions at the company thereafter. Xerox was originally a photographic paper and equipment manufacturing company.
These days, Xerox is best known for Document services, Digital imaging, IT services, and consulting. Burns ranked 14th on the list, next to the famous Oprah Winfrey at 13th, on the list of “The World’s Powerful Women”
2- Virginia Rometty
Virginia Rometty a.k.a. Ginni Rometty, is the first woman to head the company IBM as Chairwoman and CEO after former CEO Samuel Palmisano. She was previously Senior Vice President and Group Executive for Sales, Marketing, and Strategy at IBM.
Before it adopted the name IBM in 1924, IBM was formerly called Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company. IBM stands for “International Business Machines”, is a multibillion-dollar supplier of Computer hardware, Computer software, IT services, and IT consulting. Rometty stands at the 12th spot next to South Korea’s President Geun-Hye Park at 11th on Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women.
1- Sheryl Sandberg
Sheryl Sandberg is a businesswoman and currently the Chief Operating Officer of the most known social media networking website- Facebook. Sandberg was the first woman to be elected and has served on Facebook’s board in 2012.
She was formerly Vice President of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google and has also served as Chief of Staff for the United States Secretary of the Treasury. In March 2013 she launched her top-selling non-fiction book “Lean In Women, Work and the Will to Lead” which sold nearly 150,000 copies.
Her net worth is estimated at US$400 million in 2013 and has reached billions early this year, thanks to the non-stop Facebook craze. She was regarded as the most powerful businesswoman in technology and one of the most powerful in the world standing next to Hillary Clinton at number 5.