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Today, on the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, it's time to shine a spotlight on the groundbreaking work of women in STEM. Despite the fact that only around 25% of the global workforce in STEM industries are women and the number of women in leadership positions within these industries is even lower, with just 5% of CEO positions held by women or that just 3% of Nobel Prizes in Physics, Chemistry, and Physiology or Medicine have been awarded to women these statistics are changing, thanks to the efforts of women like the ones we're highlighting in this article. These trailblazing women are pushing boundaries and making a significant impact in the world of technology and innovation. As we celebrate the achievements of women in STEM, we want to acknowledge and pay tribute to the 10 incredible women and girls we're featuring in this blog post, who are using technology and innovation to create positive change and uplift their communities. From developing accessible technology for people with disabilities to tackling societal challenges through cutting-edge research, these women are breaking barriers, inspiring others, and shaping the future of STEM. Get ready to be inspired!
Su KahumbuSu Kahumbu is the founder of iCow, a mobile platform that helps small-scale dairy farmers in Kenya increase their income. The platform provides farmers with information on best practices for animal husbandry, as well as a marketplace to connect with buyers. Su Kahumbu's innovative solution is not only helping to improve the livelihoods of farmers but also contributing to the sustainable development of rural communities in Kenya.
Rayouf AlhumedhiRayouf Alhumedhi is a Saudi Arabian software developer who is working to increase representation and visibility for women in tech. Through her work as a developer and advocate, Rayouf is inspiring young girls to pursue careers in technology and promoting diversity in the tech industry and is credited with creating the hijab emoji.🧕🏽
Reshma SaujaniReshma Saujani is the founder of Girls Who Code, a non-profit organization that aims to close the gender gap in technology by teaching girls to code. Through its programs and initiatives, Girls Who Code is providing girls with the opportunities and resources they need to succeed in the tech industry, and helping to build a more equitable and inclusive future for women in STEM.
Parisa TabrizParisa Tabriz the "Director of Engineering" at Google, works to make the internet safer and more accessible for everyone. With a focus on improving the security of the web and making technology more accessible to people with disabilities, Parisa Tabriz is making a significant contribution to the future of technology.
Anna EkeledoAnna Ekeledo is the executive director of AfriLabs, a community of 100 innovation hubs in 30 African countries aiming to build technical and entrepreneurial skills and engage in policy advocacy. AfriLabs is dedicated to supporting the growth of technology startups and innovation in Africa, and helping to build a more sustainable and inclusive future for communities on the continent.
Rebecca OnieRebecca Onie is the co-founder and CEO of Health Leads, a non-profit organization that connects low-income families with essential resources to address their health-related social needs. By providing families with access to resources such as food, housing, and health care, Rebecca Onie is helping to improve health outcomes and create more equitable communities.
Nighat DadNighat Dad is a Pakistani lawyer and human rights activist who has dedicated her career to protecting the rights of women and minorities online. Through her work with the Digital Rights Foundation, Nighat is raising awareness about online harassment and censorship, and working to promote internet freedom and digital rights.
Francesca RossiDr. Francesca Rossi is the AI Ethics Global Lead at IBM Research and President of the Italian Association for Artificial Intelligence, working on responsible and ethical AI. With a background in computer science and over 20 years of experience in the field, Francesca is a leader in the development of responsible and ethical AI. Her work focuses on ensuring that AI is developed and used in a way that is fair, transparent, and benefits society as a whole. Francesca is helping to shape the future of AI for the better.
Rebekka DoberRebekka Dober is a valued member of our community and the Founder and CEO of YEP Austria, a technology-focused startup accelerator that empowers women and underrepresented groups to bring their innovative ideas to life. Providing mentorship, resources, and support to help women and underrepresented groups launch successful startups and bring their innovative solutions to market. Through her work, Rebekka is not only helping to promote diversity and equal representation in the tech industry, but also contributing to the overall growth and development of the startup ecosystem in Austria.
Jane ChenJane Chen is a social entrepreneur who is using technology to improve access to healthcare for underserved populations. Through her company, Embrace Innovations, Jane is providing low-cost, lifesaving care for premature and low-birth-weight babies and working to reduce infant mortality rates in developing countries. The International Day of Women and Girls in Science is a reminder of the important role that women play in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The women and girls highlighted in this article are proof that with determination and passion, anything is possible. They are using technology and innovation to create a positive impact in their communities, and their efforts should be celebrated and encouraged. It's up to us to support and empower women in STEM and to help create a more diverse and inclusive future for everyone. Let's continue to celebrate the achievements of women in STEM and inspire the next generation of girls to dream big and pursue their passions.
Article updated on: 09 August 2023
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