Gone are those days when women were asked to stay at home taking care of the family and children while men went out to earn the livelihood. Also, gone are those days when women were relented from pursuing a career of their choice. Breaking through the glass ceiling, women today, are no less than their male peers in careers, management, leadership and also technology. Leaving everyone astound, women are now delivering the unexpected results standing alongside with men and challenging them in anything and everything.
Today, we bring to you the most influential and powerful women in technology who not only entered the technology sector, but also took up some big roles in those important companies.
1. Sheryl Sandberg COO, Facebook
Ranked 4th in the Forbes list of most powerful women and top in the technological field, is Sheryl Sandberg, the first chief operating officer of Facebook. Being the Facebook’s COO since 2008, Sandberg has helped dramatically boost revenues at the social network. In 2012 she became the eighth member and also the first woman of Facebook’s board of directors. She is an American technology executive, activist, author and also the founder of Leanin.org. She has previously worked as the chief of staff for the United States Secretary of the Treasury. Sandberg’s current net worth is $1.6 billion.
2. Susan Wojcicki CEO, YouTube
The Chief Executive Officer of Youtube since 2014, Susan Wojcicki, is the next to the join the list of most powerful women in technology. Wojcicki became Google’s first marketing manager in 1999 and then became senior vice president of Advertising and Commerce. She handled two of Google’s largest acquisitions- the $1.65 billion purchase of YouTube and the $3.6 billion purchase of DoubleClick.
3. Meg Whitman CEO, HP
President and Chief Executive Officer of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Meg Whitman, is the next to appear in the list. Whitman previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of eBay, from 1998 to 2008. During her 10 years with the company, she oversaw its expansion from 30 employees and $4 million in annual revenue, to more than 15,000 employees and $8 billion in annual revenue. Whitman was a senior member of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaigns in both 2008 and 2012 and ran for governor of California as a Republican but supported Hillary Clinton in 2016.
4. Ursula M. Burns Retired Chairman and CEO, Xerox Corporation
Ursula Burns was the Chairman of the Board of the Xerox Corporation from 2010 to 2017 and Chief Executive Officer from 2009 to 2016. During her tenure as chief executive officer, she helped the company transform from a global leader in document technology to the world’s most diversified business services company serving enterprises and governments of all sizes. Shortly after being named CEO in 2009, she spearheaded the largest acquisition in Xerox history, the $6.4 billion purchase of Affiliated Computer Services.
Ursula, who regularly appears on Fortune’s and Forbes’s list of the world’s most powerful women, is a board director of American Express, Exxon Mobil, Nestlé, and Datto.
5. Roshni Nadar Malhotra CEO, HCL Enterprise
Roshni Nadar Malhotra is the executive director and CEO of HCL Enterprise, which she became in 2009 at the age of just 27. The company, which was founded by her father Shiv Nadar, was on the forefront of the personal-computing industry and boosted India’s rise as an IT hub. Roshni is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, a unique and diverse community of the world’s most outstanding, next generation leaders.