Recognise and celebrate the tech industry's key female participants
Given that Tuesday is International Women's Day, people the world over are celebrating the achievements of women in virtually every aspect of life. More than 1700 events around the globe are planned to mark the event, in fact, including nearly 250 in the United States alone.
1. Mitchell Baker, Mozilla
As the leader of the Mozilla Project, Mitchell Baker is charged with no less than organising and motivating the worldwide collective of employees and volunteers who work every day on Firefox, Thunderbird and other Mozilla products used by millions of people around the world. Of particular recent note is that Baker just joined the advisory board of the new Ada Initiative, a non-profit organisation dedicated to increasing the participation of women in open technology and culture.
2. Marissa Mayer, Google
Mayer was the first female engineer hired at Google and one of its first 20 employees. Since then she's gone on to become vice president of location and local services for the company, but other accomplishments there have included designing and developing Google's search interface and internationalising the site to more than 100 languages.
3. Carol Bartz, Yahoo
As CEO of Yahoo, Carol Bartz is nothing if not a visible IT leader. With a career including stints at Autodesk and Sun Microsystems, Bartz has been an outspoken advocate of women in leadership roles. "Most people assume that because I'm a woman, I'm someone who's standing behind a leader, a man," she's been quoted as saying. "The fact that they're unenlightened is their problem, not mine."
4. Sue Gardner, Wikimedia Foundation
In her role as executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation, Sue Gardner oversees none other than Wikipedia, the global resource with more than 14 million volunteer-authored articles in over 250 languages. Since joining the foundation in 2007, Gardner has more than tripled revenues, helped increase global readership by 85% and instituted a variety of new projects and activities. Like Mozilla's Baker, Gardner also recently joined the Ada Initiative as an advisor.
5. Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook
Sheryl Sandberg is now Facebook's chief operating officer, but previously she's held positions and Google and the World Bank. With an academic background that includes a Harvard MBA, Sandberg has also been an outspoken advocate of women in leadership, including speaking on the topic at a recent TED conference.