You might have noticed it’s International Women’s Day. In fact, the month of March is Women’s History Month, and publications are busy putting together posts about myriad women’s issues.
There’s plenty to talk about, ranging from the amount of money women make and the positions they’re hired for, to how they’re educated, and the kind of health care they receive, even the way they’re taxed for tampons. It’s good to talk about serious issues affecting various segments of the population.
If all this rubs you the wrong way — sorry not sorry, but there’s a lot about gender equality that’s pretty messed up, including the idea that we can make good as a society one day or month a year. Is it positive to have a day about women to raise awareness about their achievements and struggles? Yes. Would it be better to treat people with equality the rest of the year? You bet.
Here’s a roundup of some — not all — of our favorite profile pieces on women in tech who are knocking down stereotypes year-round.
We have all the faith that Panek is going to get a seat aboard a space mission one day. In the meantime, she’s encouraging girls to get interested in STEM.
Rahman uses her tech skills to fight for social justice, and helps others learn those skills so they can better their lives.
Tecco co-founded a startup accelerator focusing on digital health companies.
Mason knows how to take data and make useful products from it. She even created a startup based on that practice.
De la Peña is known as the godmother of virtual reality. She’s also a trailblazer, being the first to start experimenting with journalism and VR.
Lee is one of the top female venture capital investors in the world and has an incredible grasp on both the American and Chinese markets.
General Electric greatly benefits from Craigwell’s endless creativity with digital media.
Berman uses tech to forge a connection between local residents in Philadelphia and sustainable businesses.
Amber Osborne, better known as Miss Destructo, is a testament to non-traditional career-paths and the value of learning from others.
As a small child in Cali, Colombia, Diana Trujillo dreamed of space. Years later, she’s at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab working on the Mars Curiosity Rover.
Hu’s app Lark turns your smartphone into a personal fitness trainer.
Jain is driving forward much of the machine learning efforts at enterprise cloud storage company Box.
Saujani founded nonprofit Girls Who Code. Forbes also named her one of their Most Powerful Women Changing the World.
You’ll find Farmer at the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) on a mission to get girls into STEM.
Mustafa is the founder of ROAR for Good, a wearable for women’s self defense.
Klawe’s career in computer science spans decades. Now she’s the first female president at Harvey Mudd College and has raised the numbers of women there from 31% to 47%.
Duggal founded F Cubed, a VC fund for women founders.
Emerson Electric’s CMO Kathy Button Bell finds inspiration for marketing campaigns in the simple and delightful.
Howard has a long and awesome history with robots. Now, she makes them for pediatric therapy programs.