Having recently written my blog post about badass women pioneers in science and technology, while researching names and profiles for this new post, I was struck by how far we women have come since those early days. Today, there are more women developers, engineers, tech startup entrepreneurs, and business leaders than ever before—but there’s still a lot of work to do.
We wanted to highlight some women who are having a significant impact on the industry and in the tech community, so we compiled the follow list. Be sure to check out their websites, Twitters, and GitHubs and follow them for advice and inspiration! These tech-savvy ladies are making waves in the industry—and doing so with a lot of personality and flare, I might add.
Alice is a self-described “systems punk” (and former Relic!) currently helping GitHub run its cutting-edge container platform. Alice has consulted on books such as Docker: Up & Running, Effective DevOps, and Site Reliability Engineering Vol. 2; has presented at conferences including SREcon, Velocity, and the Container Summit; and ran the LISA17 and DevOpsDays Portland conferences.
Amy, a graduate of M.I.T., conducted machine learning research at Honda Research Institute, human-computer interaction (HCI) research at the University of Tokyo, and worked as a software developer at Airbnb before going on to start her own computer science education company, BubbleSort Zines, which has been featured in The New Yorker, Forbes, and Recode.
Annyce is the software lead of mobile engineering at Off Grid Electric and an Android Google Developer Expert. Working at a social impact startup, Annyce helps to provide clean, transformative energy to households that suffer from expensive, unreliable grids or have no grid access at all. She has impacted the lives of people across Africa by developing a high-quality Android application that’s used by her entire company’s sales force.
Corey Leigh Latislaw
Corey is a proud American living in London. She is a Google developer expert in Android and an international speaker who works as a technical leader at @TheAppBusiness. In the past she has volunteered with Kids on Computers (which opens computer labs in developing nations), GirlDevelopIt, and TechGirlz.
Erica is a senior engineering manager on the infrastructure engineering team at Patreon. An advocate for diversity and inclusion in tech and expanding access to tech education, Erica sits on the board of directors for GirlDevelopIt, the advisory boards for Atipica and Hack the Hood, and is a tech mentor for Black Girls Code. She is a founding member of Project Include, was the 2015 Level Playing Field Institute Lux Award winner, and a nominee for the 2016 Crunchies Include Diversity Award.
Florina is an Android developer advocate at Google, working out of the company’s London office. Prior to that, she was a senior Android software developer at the news app upday for Samsung, where she implemented a large scale refactoring of the entire app and represented upday as a speaker at several Android conferences and meetups.
Jenn is a web developer and pixel artist who works on @glitch, a community app- and web-building site. She also works on http://make8bitart.com, an open source pixel art drawing tool, and @jerseyscriptusa, a “chill twitter gathering of developers.”
Julia is a software developer living in Montreal, Quebec, where she works on infrastructure at internet commerce platform Stripe. Julia is a regular speaker in the developer community and publishes a collection of awesome free programming zines about systems and debugging tools.
Lesley works in the threat operations center at cybersecurity firm Dragos, Inc. She specializes in digital forensics and finds the critical thinking and intuition that goes into understanding the many technical and human elements in security investigations to be the most enjoyable part of her work.
Mina is a senior engineer at messaging platform Slack. She is a keynote speaker and a remarkably self-taught technologist. Mina worked on the Hillary for America campaign, where she developed the revolutionary user interface pattern library fittingly named Pantsuit.
Parisa is the “Browser Boss” (engineering director) at Google, responsible for the Chrome browser shipped on Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome OS, plus lots of features that make Chrome useful across desktop and mobile (e.g., sync, autofill, password management, and more). She was formerly the “Security Princess” who managed the engineering teams that make Chrome secure and stable. She is also responsible for Project Zero.
Wiki page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parisa_Tabriz
Sarah is a software engineer and the founder of RailsBridge, which provides free workshops to learn Rails, Ruby, and other web technologies. These events aim to increase diversity in tech, so that people of all backgrounds can feel welcome and comfortable in the industry. She is also the director of Ruby Central and an architect on the product design team at Salesforce.
Shout-out to our own killer developers for all of the great recommendations that made this top notch list possible: Emily Cain, Anna Lorimer, Rachael Berecka, Marcos Wright-Kuhns, Betsy Roseberg, and Alexa Zeazas.