By: Ashley Thielen and Maria Ruiz
Who runs the world? It’s International Women’s Day today and we would love to give a shout out to these amazing and powerful GIRL BOSSES that are making a HUGE statement in the tech world.
The technology industry is innovative and progressive when it comes to its products and services, however, when it comes to women, it is not.
Women continue to be extremely underrepresented in the global technology workforce. Women make up 40% of the world’s workforce, according to the World Bank, and in the tech industry, men outnumber women at all levels . Only 21% of executives in the tech industry are female, according to a PayScale report . Those in the industry face gender discrimination, the glass ceiling, shortage of female mentors, and a gender-based pay gap.
On #InternationalWomensDay we celebrate the women who have overcome the challenges of gender discrimination in all industries and advocate for gender parity in the global workplace.
We would also like to give a shout out to a few of the powerful females in the tech industry.
Susan Wojcicki – CEO, YouTube
Susan is the current CEO of YouTube. In 1999, she joined Google as their first marketing manager and worked her way up to SVP of Advertising and Commerce where she handled two of Google’s largest acquisitions – the $1.65 billion purchase of YouTube in 2006 and the $3.1 billion purchase of DoubleClick the following year . In February 2014, she was appointed CEO of YouTube and was names one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2015. We applaud Susan for her commitment to diversity and equality in the workplace. During her time as CEO of YouTube, the percentage of female employees increased from 24% to 30%. She also frequently advocates for the importance of balancing family and career life. 
Whitney Wolfe – Founder and CEO, Bumble
Whitney Wolfe co-founded Tinder but left in 2014 after facing gender discrimination from other executives (including another founder who was also her ex-boyfriend) and filed a lawsuit against the company for sexual harassment. Bumble stemmed from the idea of putting women in control with the hopes of eliminating the creepy pickup lines, sexual harassment, and unsolicited genitalia pictures by having women make the first move. She has also expanded the “swipe right” model beyond dating, to include making new friends and career networking. So enough with the swiping and more of the empowering! 
Sheryl Sandberg – COO, Facebook
Sheryl Sandberg graduated from Harvard and worked as the chief of staff for the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury under President Clinton. Prior to becoming the COO of Facebook in 2008, Sheryl was the VP of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google. She became the first woman to serve on Facebook’s board of directors in 2012 and made Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People list that same year. The following year, she released her first book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, which discusses feminism, sexism in the workplace, and the barriers to gender equality in the workforce and offers advice to help women achieve their goals. It is an international bestseller has sold more than one million copies.
Xin Hamilton – Global Marketing, Coolpad
Let’s finish this blog with our very own #GIRLBOSS at Coolpad. Xin Hamilton is nothing but a total B.A. not only by being the Head of Global Marketing at Coolpad, but also a full-time mom of two. She started her career journey by moving to San Diego from China to pursue her career in Marketing. She began working at Coolpad as a Marketing Manager 6 years ago and worked her way up with hard work, persistence and a passion for the smartphone industry. She now oversees all Global Marketing for our company and not only that, but she is leader of our ALL-GIRLS marketing team in the U.S. – talk about Girl Power! Keep on leading the way, Girl Boss, we stand right beside you!
Much work remains to create a workforce free of gender inequality and we encourage all women to recognize their worth, stand up against discrimination, and #PressForProgress.
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