WOMEN IN THE INDUSTRY
The purpose of FUTURE | Women in I.T. is simple: to inspire more young women to become interested in technology and eventually lead them to pursue careers within the field. The motivation behind this campaign stems from both statistical data - 26% of computing jobs in the U.S. were held by women in 2013, compared to 35% in 1990 - and from common gender stereotypes perpetuated by people in all forms. Below are two statitsics that show the percentages of women in the I.T. workforce as of Q1 2015.
However, while women may occupy a disproportionately small number of jobs in technology, make no mistake; across the biggest companies in the world, women are in incredible positions of power and are actively improving the world we live in today. To recognize the incredible work they are doing, below are highlights of the accomplishments of some of the biggest women in technology.
Position: Chairwoman and CEO, Xerox
Degree: Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering, New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering; Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Columbia
Bio: After first working as a summer intern for Xerox, Burns permanently joined the company in 1981. In 2000, she was named a senior vice president and worked closely with the then-CEO Anne Mulcahy. Burns eventually succeeded Mulcahy, being named CEO in July 2009. After the announcement, she became the first African-American woman to head a Fortune 500 company.
Safra A. Catz
Position: Co-CEO, Oracle
Degree: Bachelors of Arts/Science, Wharton; Doctor of Jurisprudence, University of Pennsylvania
Bio: Born in Israel, Catz moved to Brookline, Massachusetts at the age of six. After earning her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, she went on to work as a banker, eventually becoming a Managing Director for Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. She joined Oracle in 1999 and was named president of the company by 2004. In 2005 she helped drive a $10.3 billion acquisition of her company's rival, PeopleSoft.