11 Female Founders Fighting Sexism in Tech
Despite the uphill battle women face in tech, there are countless female entrepreneurs breaking down barriers every day. We’ve highlighted 11 awesome female founders who are doing their part to change the tech industry.
Each of their innovative companies is paving the way for women of the future. These companies help women and girls learn the skills to enter tech, break down pay gaps, and take control of women’s health.
Girls Who Code
Reshma Suajani wants to close the gender gap in STEM fields, so she started an organization called Girls Who Code, which now works to educate teenage girls and empower them to pursue technology and engineering. Girls Who Code hopes to teach 1 million girls to code by 2020.
Sara Chipps and Brooke Mooreland launched Jewelbots, a company that makes friendship bracelets for girls that help teach them how to code. Jewelbots turns coding into a fun experience that friends can share.
Jocelyn Leavitt and Samantha John co-founded Hopscotch, another tool that teaches kids of all ages how to code. Their iPhone and iPad app teaches coding like a game, and allows you to design your own games too.
Annie Dean and Anna Auerbach saw that the lack of flexibility at many workplaces pushes talented women out of the workforce when they become mothers. They want flexibility and ambition to coexist in the workplace, so they founded Werk , a job search site for women seeking flexible full-time employment. You can read Uncubed’s interview with Dean here.
After Jessica Lin co-founded Work-Bench, a venture fund focused on enterprise technology, she realized that women in enterprise technology lacked a supportive network, so she started Workbench’s Women in Enterprise Series. Their #HacktheNetwork initiative connects mentor pairs, with the goal of supporting women and diversity in Enterprise Technology.
As the president of Global Wealth & Investment Management at Bank of America, Sallie Krawcheck became frustrated that traditional investing advice was not well tailored to the needs of women. In response, she founded Ellevest, a digital financial advisor dedicated to women.
Ida Tin is the founder of Clue, a period tracking app that gives women meaningful scientific insight into their reproductive health. When pitching her company, Tin mentions facing skepticism from overwhelmingly male venture capitalists, who were squeamish about women’s health and told her “I only invest in products I can use myself.” She eventually scraped together the funding, and now Clue has amassed millions of users.
Piraye Yurttas Beim’s company Celmatix is using big data analytics and genomics to bring fertility treatments into the future. The company is researching new approaches and treatments for fertility and is personalizing fertility treatment.
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