Women had lots of gains in 2014, but not enough. And, as a nerd, I don't believe in settling, I believe people should be treated fairly. And that's still not happening. There's a gender gap in tech, in wages, and more…
It's really important to give women the credit they deserve. This past year, my team and I have recognized lots of women doing really good work, but there are still so many more who are creating real change.
Here are 5 women you'll want to watch for their good work in 2015:
(in no particular order…)
Roya Mahboob –
Roya Mahboob's an Afghan entrepreneur and businesswoman. She founded and serves as CEO of the Afghan Citadel Software Company, a full-service software development company based in Herat, Afghanistan. She's among the first IT female CEOs in Afghanistan. Roya was named one of TIME Magazine's2013 100 Most Influential People in the World for her work building Internet classrooms in high schools in Afghanistan, and for Women's Annex, a multilingual blog and video site.
- Sheila Katz –
Sheila Katz launched and scaled Ask Big Questions (ABQ) and is the VP of Social Entrepreneurship at Hillel International. The goal of ABQ is to change the world through better conversations. Sheila's an expert in facilitating reflective conversations and creating multi-channel technology campaigns that lead to in-person action.
- Reshma Saujani –
Reshma Saujani is the Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code and the former Deputy Public Advocate of New York City. Reshma has galvanized industry leaders to close the gender gap in STEM education and empower girls to pursue careers in technology and engineering. In 2010, Reshma became the first South Asian woman to run for Congress, promoting smarter policies to spur innovation and job creation. Advocating for a new model of female leadership focused on risk-taking, competition and mentorship, Reshma also authored the book, Women Who Don't Wait in Line.
- Debbie Sterling –
Debbie Sterling is a female engineer and Founder of GoldieBlox, a toy company out to inspire the next generation of female engineers. She's made it her mission in life to tackle the gender gap in STEM fields. GoldieBlox is a book series and construction set that engages kids to build through the story of Goldie, the girl inventor who solves problems by building simple machines. Debbie writes and illustrates Goldie's stories, taking inspiration from her grandmother, one of the first female cartoonists and creator of "Mr. Magoo".
- Zerlina Maxwell –
Zerlina Maxwell is a political analyst, speaker, and contributing writer for EBONY.com, Mic.com, and RHRealitycheck.org. She writes about national politics, candidates, and specific policy and culture issues including domestic violence and gender inequality. She has consulted with the United States Department of State to promote the use of social media by students in the West Bank and is a frequent speaker at colleges, universities, and organizations about feminism.
Who would you like to see added to this list? Thanks!