Roughly half the global population is female, but you’d never really know it by looking at the U.S. tech sector. With women accounting for only a quarter of professional computing technology jobs, it’s clear gender diversity is an issue in this rapidly growing field. In 2017, TechCrunch reported that only 17 percent of the 43,008 venture-funded companies in its directory, CrunchBase, have at least one female founder.
Fortunately, there’s a new crop of fierce females in the tech sector making a big scene in the best possible way. These movers and shakers are paving the way for the next generation of inventors, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and more.
They may not be household names like Sheryl Sandberg yet, but they’re well on their way. From connected jewelry to diversifying angel investing, the projects they’re tackling are certain to make the technology sector more enticing for women to be part of.
So memorize their names, and take note of their faces, because it won’t be long before your world is being shaped by their genius.
A version of this article was originally published in August 2017.