There are 33.82 million women in the UK, yet just 19% of the tech industry are women. There’s no denying that a big gender gap still exists in tech and that the industry needs to do better when it comes to creating equal opportunities for women. A huge part of creating the change and changing perceptions about gender diversity in tech is to highlight and promote positive female role models, breaking barriers themselves and proving that change is possible and gender equality in tech is going to become a reality.
There are hundreds of women in tech on Twitter creating a real sense of community, we’ve highlighted 10 of these amazing women in tech you should be following for your daily dose of female empowerment, motivation, and inspiration.
Molly Wood is the tech correspondent and host for the US public radio program Marketplace whose daily broadcasts explore topics related to business, tech, and broader issues surrounding culture. She also hosts Make Me Smart, It’s a Thing, and WIRED Ideas.
Lara Hogan is an inspiring leadership and management coach, author of the bestselling book Resilient Management, as well as an Engineering Manager. She is very active on Twitter and regularly posts videos and other resources to provide followers with expert leadership and management advice.
Angela Benton is a diversity in technology pioneer who uses her platform to raise awareness about inequality in tech and how to improve the industry for good. She is currently Chief Executive at data science company Streamlytics, and in 2011 she founded the entrepreneurship education programme NewME.
Edidiong Asikpo is a Software Developer passionate about inspiring women in tech. Edidiong uses her platform to build a sense of community for women with a passion for tech, promote opportunities, as well as valuable content posted on her established blog.
Jane Frankland is a cybersecurity entrepreneur, speaker, influencer, author, awards judge & women’s activist. Jane actively helps and empowers women to unleash their potential and develop into visible role models. She uses her platform to amplify the voices of other women.
Kirsty Devlin is Head of Growth at the coding school Manchester Codes and founder of the organisation Recode UK. Passionate about all things digital, tech, and education, Kirsty’s feed is rich with the latest stats, news, and conversation about key topics in the industry at present.
Reshma Saujani is the founder and CEO of the organisation Girls Who Code. She is also a women’s activist as well as being a NYT bestselling author. Reshma addresses large audiences as a speaker for organisations all over the world. One TED talk in particular has led to Reshma being the face of the movement ‘brave not perfect’ which inspires women to let go of socially constructed ideals and pressures of perfectionism and embrace themselves as they are.
No list of influential women in tech would be truly complete without including Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon. Dr Anne-Marie is the founder and CEO of Stemettes, an organisation that exists to help young women in particular gain the skills and experience needed to pursue a career in tech. She is also the creator and CEO of the successful Women Tech Charge podcast as well as a trustee of Future of Work.
If you’re looking to feel inspired every day, Jennifer Opal’s Twitter feed is the place to go. Jennifer is a DevOps Engineer, and neurodiversity and inclusion advocate, as well as an award-winning blogger, speaker, and YouTuber. She uses her platform to raise awareness about diversity and inclusion in tech and has featured in both BBC News and The Guardian.
Ida Tin is a Femtech pioneer and her Twitter feed is rich full of science and data-backed information on female health. She is the co-founder & CEO of Clue, which is the world’s leading science-based female health and period tracking app. Clue has been credited by thousands of women as revolutionising their daily lives and has a rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars on Google Play.
For more inspiring women in tech influencers to follow, check out our list of women in tech YouTubers here.