International Women's Day 2024: Shattering Glass Ceilings in Tech
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Every year on March 8th, the world celebrates International Women’s Day (IWD), a day dedicated to recognizing the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. This year’s theme, “Inspire Inclusion” emphasizes the critical role of women and girls in building a more equitable and sustainable future.

The tech industry, a constantly evolving landscape, is ripe with opportunity for innovative minds. Yet, despite this, women remain underrepresented in the field. In 2024, women make up just over 47% of the global tech workforce according to a recent study by Women In Tech, which highlights a continued need for progress.

IWD 2024 serves as a timely reminder that the tech industry needs diverse perspectives to thrive. By creating a space focused on skills and expertise rather than gender, the industry can unlock the full potential of a talented and enthusiastic generation of women who are poised to redefine the future of technology.

Challenges and Opportunities for Women in Tech

While the doors of opportunity are undeniably opening wider for women in tech, significant challenges persist. A McKinsey & Company study revealed that roughly 80 percent of women want to be promoted to the next level, compared with 70 percent in 2019. And the same holds for men.

This lack of inclusion can lead to feelings of isolation and a negative impact on mental health. A staggering 57% of women in the tech industry felt burned out at work in 2021, compared to only 36% of men, according to a survey by Flair HR.  This burnout, coupled with a lack of support, can be a significant driver for women leaving the industry.

However, there are positive signs of change. Many tech companies are actively working to foster more inclusive environments. Initiatives such as unconscious bias training programs, mentorship programs designed specifically for women, and flexible work arrangements are becoming increasingly common. These efforts, coupled with growing advocacy groups focused on empowering women in tech, are paving the way for a more equitable future.

The statistics around venture capital funding further illustrate this point. While historically a male-dominated domain, funding for female-founded startups reached a record high of $50 billion in 2023 according to Business Wire. This surge in investment signifies a growing recognition of the potential of women-led innovation in the tech sector.

Champions of Change: Influential Women in Tech 2024

The tech landscape is brimming with talented women who are making a significant impact. Here are just a few of the champions of change who are shaping the future of the industry in 2024:

  • Melinda Gates: Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Gates continues to be a powerful voice for global health and development initiatives, heavily focused on tech-driven solutions.

  • Whitney Wolfe Herd: Founder and CEO of Bumble, Wolfe Herd became the youngest woman to take a company public in the US in 2021. Bumble is known for its focus on women making the first move in online dating.

  • Jessica O. Matthews: Founder and CEO of Uncharted, Matthews is a leading figure in cloud computing and artificial intelligence. She is a vocal advocate for diversity and inclusion within the tech industry.

  • Alvina Antar: CIO of Okta, Antar is responsible for the massive streaming platform’s global technology infrastructure. She is a champion for developing and retaining top female tech talent.

  • Dr. Fei-Fei Li: A computer scientist and co-director of the Stanford Human-Centered AI Institute, Dr. Li is a pioneer in artificial intelligence and computer vision research. Her work on the ImageNet dataset revolutionized the field of deep learning.

This is by no means an exhaustive list, and countless other remarkable women are making waves in tech. By highlighting their achievements, we can inspire the next generation of women to break down barriers and claim their rightful place in the ever-evolving world of technology.

How Companies Can Empower Women in Tech

Despite the progress being made, significant work remains to bridge the gender gap in tech. Companies have a crucial role to play in fostering a more inclusive environment that empowers women to thrive. Here are some key strategies:

  • Promote Transparency and Equity: Ensure fair and transparent hiring practices that evaluate candidates based on skills and experience, not gender. Regularly audit pay equity to guarantee women are compensated competitively for their contributions.
  • Unconscious Bias Training: Implement unconscious bias training for all employees to raise awareness of implicit prejudices that can hinder women’s career advancement.
  • Mentorship and Sponsorship Programs: Create mentorship and sponsorship programs specifically designed to support women in tech. These programs can provide guidance, career development opportunities, and access to professional networks.
  • Flexible Work Arrangements: Offer flexible work arrangements such as remote work options and compressed workweeks to help women balance professional goals with personal commitments.
  • Invest in Women in Tech Initiatives: Support organizations working to empower women in technology through philanthropy, volunteerism, and partnership.

By implementing these initiatives, companies can create a more welcoming environment for women and unlock the full potential of a diverse and talented workforce. A 2022 study by McKinsey & Company found that companies with a more diverse leadership team demonstrated 21% higher profitability. In today’s competitive tech landscape, embracing diversity and inclusion is not just a social responsibility; it’s a smart business decision.


International Women’s Day is a powerful reminder of the remarkable contributions women make across all sectors, including technology. The trailblazers we highlighted are just a few examples of the many talented women who are shaping the future of innovation.

While challenges persist, the future of women in tech is bright. With continued efforts to promote diversity and inclusion, the industry can unlock the full potential of a remarkably talented group and ensure technology reflects the rich diversity of the world it serves.

The world must be shaped for the people who live in it, and that includes women and girls around the world, our priority is to make it a fair and welcoming place. That’s why we encourage women today and every day in tech to join our team, check out our careers.

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