In the 1800s, Charles Babbage created the first mechanical computer. But it was Countess Ada Lovelace who wrote the first computer program in 1842. While women have played a critical role in technology’s evolution since the beginning, they only make up between 2 and 15 percent of the C-level jobs at the top Fortune 500 IT companies. That means men account for at least 85 percent of all CEOs, CTOs, CFOs, and other top-level positions.
The lack of women in tech is a complex problem with no clear solution. But that doesn’t mean truly important females aren’t out there making a difference and shaping your mobile life. Here are 20 role models and inspirations who are changing the face of our world through their influence in the mobile tech industry.
The Most Important Women in Mobile Tech
- Genevieve Bell – Intel Fellow
- Claire Boonstra – Co-founder of Layar
- Lisa Brewster – Developer relations administrator, HP-Palm
- Leah Buechley – Assistant professor at the MIT Media Lab, director of the High-Low Tech Group
- Shaherose Charania – CEO and co-founder, Women 2.0
- Danese Cooper – CTO, Wikimedia Foundation
- Weili Dai – Co-founder and COO, Marvell
- Mary N. Dillon – CEO, U.S. Cellular
- Mary Jo Foley – Technology journalist
- Mary Lou Jepsen – Founder and CEO, Pixel Qi
- Dr. Christina Lampe-Onnerud – Founder and CEO, Boston Power
- Marissa Mayer – Vice president of geographic and local services, Google
- Stormy Peters – Head of developer engagement, Mozilla
- Sheryl Sandberg – COO, Facebook
- Chris Shipley – Chairman and CEO, Guidewire Group
- Jane Silber – CEO, Canonical Ltd.
- Gina Trapani – Blogger, programmer, entrepreneur
- Cher Wang – Co-founder and chairwoman of HTC and VIA Technologies
- Padmasree Warrior – CTO, Cisco Systems
- Christy Wyatt – Corporate vice president of software applications and ecosystem, Motorola