Forbes Announces Top 50 U.S Women in Tech List

50 of the leading women in the technology sector have been named by Forbes in their annual list.

Forbes has released its U.S. list of the 50 Top Women in Technology which recognises innovation and leadership by women in the tech industry.

The 50 women included in the list come from a range of sectors including cybersecurity, enterprise and consumer technology, gaming, artificial intelligence, aerospace, and biotech.

The list goes some way to recognising the difficulties faced by women to study and work in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) industries, an area traditionally dominated by men.

Forbes scanned tech companies, startups and universities, government agencies, and nonprofit institutions across the U.S looking for women who excelled in each of their five categories.

Fifty women selected across 5 categories

Ten leading women were selected for each category. The categories are:

 Moguls: Women inducted into this category have built their own successful company or rose through the ranks of leading science and engineering firms.

Venture Capitalists with a proven record of demonstrating a unique insight into the tech sector’s Next Big Thing were also included.

Founders: The founder's group includes women are building the next STEM giant based on their own technology. These women are integral to the continued success of their product.

Engineers: A category for women at the coalface of design, testing, and execution of technology that has changed the industry.

Innovators: Women who use their STEM skills to take risks and innovate in cutting-edge areas of the industry.

Warriors: Warriors are defined as women who use technology drive change for the betterment of all humanity.

The full brilliant list can be seen at the Forbes website. Here are a just a few of the leading women from across the list to pay homage to.

Women leading across all technology industries

Joy Buolamwini

Buolamwini is a computer scientist and digital activist working on ways to identify algorithm bias and design accountability practices.  

Buolamwini is based out of the MIT media lab and is the founder of the Algorithmic Justice League.

Ursula Burns

Burns is a veteran of corporate America.  The CEO of Xerox from 2010 to 2016 Burns transformed the company from a paper copy business into a profitable innovator. 

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Amy Chang

Chang led the Google Analytics expansion to a point where it now serves 80% of the entire web. 

Their company 'Accompany' serves to assist CEO's leverage the power of relationships.

Rana el Kaliouby

el Kaliouby co-founded the facial and voice software Affectiva that aims to humanize our interactions with technology.

el Kaliouby also works for the World Economic Forum as well as PBS. 

Li Fan

Head of Engineering at scooter startup, Lime, Fan spearheaded an industry set to be worth more than 22 million dollars next year. 

Fan has also had stints as a senior engineer at Pinterest and Google.

Kathryn Finney

Finney cofounded DigitalUndivied in 2012, the first incubator for Black and LatinX women.

DU draws attention to how little venture capital goes towards women of color and through funding and training works to change that trend.

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