A Look into Women in Technology in the 2000s

This picture depicts  a poster at the University of Valle around 2000 that was meant to support women entering technology and fight discrimination against females, especially minorities, in technology fields.
This picture depicts a poster at the University of Valle around 2000 that was meant to support women entering technology and fight discrimination against females, especially minorities, in technology fields.

This photo can be found at Colores Mari’s personal Flickr

For additional reading about female minorities in technology fields, please read The 10 Startling Stats About Minorities in STEM.

In the 2000s, one study showed that more successful startups during this time, such as slideshare, had women in senior positions, while less successful and unsuccessful ones did not.

The original illustration can be found with the VentureBeat  article “SlideShare integrates with LinkedIn for a match made in heaven.”

For further reading about women and successful startups please read this article about women in successful startups.

The non-profit Girls in Tech was created in 2007. The purpose behind Girls in Tech is to encourage and help female leaders in technology grow and pursue their goals in their specific fields.

This image can be found with the Women && Tech interview with Lucia Mariani-Vena.

For additional reading about Girls in Tech please visit their homepage GirlsInTech.org.

This photo is meant to depict the decrease in girls considering to major in computer science in the 2000s.

This photo can be found in the University of Illinois at Chicago Photo Archives.

For visit the article Women in IT: The Facts to read more about the decrease of female students intending to major in computer sience during the 2000s.

A 2008 study showed that during this time 56% of women were leaving technology fields mid-career.

This photo can be found at The Chive.

For additional reading about women leaving technology fields midcareer during the 2000s, please visit the article Women in IT: The Facts.

Women and Technology from the 2000’s

The 2000’s was a striking decade for women in the technology field.

The original version of this image can be found in the May 2008 issue of Fast Company, Issue no. 125.

Here in this first photo, we see a 2008 magazine cover in Fast Company of Gina Bianchini, a woman who co-founded and serves as the CEO behind Ning, a popular online platform that was launched in 2005. There are currently 500,000-+ networks that are currently running on Ning, citing Bianchini’s overall prosperity in the field of technology. For more information on Gina Bianchini, see Fast Company’s online article.

The original version of this image can be found on http://www.pixelqi.com/home.

This second image is of Mary Lou Jepsen, founder and CEO of Pixel Qi. Jepsen founded Pixel Qi in 2008 as a means to commercialize on the groundbreaking screen technology she has invented. For more information on Mary Lou Jepsen, see Venturebeat.com’s article on Mary Lou Jepsen’s current relationship with the tech world.

This photo can be found on a June 11, 2008 interview article on VentureBeat.com

This third photo features Lucy Bradshaw, a woman who headed the production of popular games such as The Sims (2000), The Sims 2 (2004), and Spore (2008). For her work for Spore, Bradshaw led a 100-person production team, contributing to one of the most popular games of the 2000’s. For more information on Lucy Bradshaw and her work, see Venturebeat.com’s online interview.

This illustration of Denise Fulton was drawn by Andy Friedman and can be found the February 8 issue of Texas Monthly at http://www.texasmonthly.com/story/denise-fulton.

Continuing with the topic of women in the game industry, this next image features an illustration of Denise Fulton, the studio head of of the Austin, TX office of the popular Midway Games. This studio was founded in 2005 and there, Fulton oversaw 100-+ programmers, designers, writers, and artists in the making of games such as Space Invaders and Mortal Kombat. For additional reading on Denise Fulton, see The Escapist‘s online featured article.

This photo can be found on Tina Sharkey’s main page on appolicious.com in the authors section at http://www.appolicious.com/authors/109-tina-sharkey.

Finally, the last image shown is that of Tina Sharkey, president and CEO of Babycenter.com. Starting work at AOL, Sharkey was appointed chairman and global president of BabyCenter in 2006 and the site reaches nearly 80% of new moms online in the US alone. For additional reading about Tina Sharkey, visit Tina Sharkey’s online information page.

Thus, the 2000’s was quite a productive decade in terms of women in technology, producing a variety of products and games as well as asserting a role of leadership in the tech world.