In an industry that has traditionally been dominated by men, more and more women are taking today’s world of tech to new heights. To celebrate International Women’s Day 2021 on 8th March, we are examining some of the talented female figures who are changing the way we live and work.

Here are some of the pioneering women who are making waves in today’s tech industry:

Cher Wang

Co-founder and Chair, HTC Corp.

Originally from Taiwan, Cher Wang studied Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. Her tech career began when she was employed by First International Computer (FIC) in 1982. 

At this time, Wang recognized how bulky and heavy the computers of the time were. She saw a gap in the market for a more lightweight, handheld generation of devices. This opportunity spurred her on to establish her own company, HTC, which would be the turning point of her career.

Established in 1997, HTC began to manufacture notebook laptops. A year later the company started to produce the world’s first touch and wireless handheld devices. In 2000, HTC had become the official contract manufacturer of mobile phones and personal digital assistants for leading organizations including O2, T-Mobile and Orange.

Wang’s influence has seen HTC evolve and drive digital transformation by manufacturing smartphones and, more recently, virtual reality applications.

Kate Crawford 

Co-founder of the AI Now Institute

Born in Australia and educated at the University of Sydney, Kate Crawford is a leading academic. She specializes in studying the impact of data systems, machine learning, and artificial intelligence (AI) on today’s society. She is also a senior researcher at Microsoft.

In 2016, Crawford co-chaired the Obama White House symposium. This addressed artificial intelligence across four domains – labor, health, social inequality and ethics. A year after this event, she co-founded New York University’s AI Now Institute with Meredith Whittaker, a Distinguished Research Scientist. 

The institute is the first university institute dedicated to understanding the social implications of AI. Crawford’s work and thought-leadership is more important now than ever as AI’s influence on our society grows.

Katie Moussouris

Founder and CEO · ‎Luta Security

Katie Moussouris was the first girl in her secondary school who chose to study Advanced Placement Computer Science. At this young age, she developed an interest in hacking and laid the foundations for becoming a leading figure in the cybersecurity industry.

Moussouris’ distinguished career has seen her work for the US Department of Defense. She was a key figure in building its first bug bounty program, ‘Hack the Pentagon’, identifying and resolving any government security vulnerabilities.

Following her mission to, ‘make the internet a safer place for everyone’, Moussoris went on to establish Luta Security. The business specializes in government and multi-party supply chain vulnerability coordination.

These women are part of a notable shift in today’s tech industry. Their innovations are not only driving society’s digital transformation but serving as an inspiration for the next generation of women in tech. 

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