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According to the latest statistics, being a woman in the tech industry is still tough. After peaking in 1991 at 36 percent, the number of female IT workers has been in steady decline. In 2016 they held only 25 percent of tech jobs. The diversity problem starts at school — girls are few times less likely to participate in computer science classes. As we support geek girls no matter what, we don’t like the way things are. Consider this post as paying our respects to ladies who are changing our industry every single day. Cheers to you, our SHEroes!
1. Pamela Fox
Pamela is currently a CTO at Woebot, a friendly chatbot project that teaches Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques to help people regulate their mood and energy levels. Previously she worked in both Google Mountain View & Google Australia, doing developer relations for the Maps API and Wave APIs. In 2010 she founded the GirlDevelopIt SF chapter, which is a non-profit organization teaching women how to code. They host a wide range of technical classes and workshops including beginner classes and more advanced topics.
Khalia Braswell is a user-experience engineer at Apple. She’s also created INTech Camp for Girls in North Carolina, which the main goal is to inspire girls to do innovative tech projects. To date, INTech has reached hundreds of minority girls through hosting dedicated camps. In 2016 she got to the 30 Under 30 list by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Black Chamber of Commerce, the 10 Black Female Leaders in Tech to Watch by Hackbright Academy, 6 Young Black Women Making a Difference in Tech by New Relic and The 10: These Black Women in Computer Science Are Changing the Face of Tech by The Root.
Software engineer of the Android Partner Engineering Team at Google. Before joining Google, she was an intern at Groupon, where she was responsible for the automation of the page-performance metrics collection, writing clients for various external APIs, and pulling data for application deployment. She earned a Bachelor of Science in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley.
Amanda is a computer game programmer and founder of Meteor Grove Software, where she consults on developing IOS games and applications. She began her career as a game programmer for SkillJam, where she led a development team. Then she started to work for Namco Networks America Inc., where she was responsible for bringing classic games, such as PAC-MAN, Galaga, or Dig-Dug, back to life by porting them to the mobile devices. After that, Amanda was hired as a network operator and server-side gameplay developer at Zynga. As a tech lead, she widely expanded the company’s social gaming network on the iPhone. She led development teams on game applications such as LivePoker, Mafia Wars, Street Racing, Vampire Wars, and FarmVille.
5. Jenn Lukas
Jenn is a multi-talented front-end consultant, freelance developer, and the founder of Ladies in Tech. Her past experiences range from creating Navy training simulations to leading the front-end team at Happy Cog as Interactive Development Director. She was named one of Mashable’s 15 Developer/Hacker Women to Follow on Twitter. When she’s not crafting sites with the finest of web standards, she teaches HTML and CSS for GirlDevelopIt and co-hosts the Ladies in Tech Podcast. I have spoken at a variety of conferences including SXSW, An Event Apart, and CSS Dev Conference.
7. Gina Trapani
Gina Trapani is an American tech blogger, web developer, and writer. This awesome woman founded the Lifehacker blog and led it until 2009. She later joined at Expert Labs, where she led the development of ThinkUp, an open-source social media aggregation, and analysis tool. In 2017 she joined Postlight as Director of Engineering. Her side projects include Todo.txt, an open-source collection of text-based task list apps, and Narrow the Gapp, a website about the gender pay gap.
Gina has published three books and has also written for other publications including The Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, Wired, CNN.com, PC World, Fast Company, Maximum PC, and Macworld magazines. In 2006 Wired magazine awarded her its prestigious Rave Award and Fast Company named her one of the Most Influential Women in Technology in 2009 and 2010.