A Women’s Day Salute: 11 Most Powerful Women in Tech

Well, we all have a woman in our life, be it a mother, a sister, a friend or a life partner. And they all deserve to be treated respectfully and equally. Women today are not only entering every different sector but are exceeding in them.

A Women’s Day Salute: 11 Most Powerful Women in Tech

Be it sports, politics, entertainment/arts, and science, etc. As they say, today is the world of technology, then how women can be not a part of it. So here are examples of women who are not only a part of this tech industry but rule it.

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#1

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki has been with Google since 1998 and has been the head of YouTube since 2014.

She has consistently pushed the company to innovate and become the leader in delivering online video content.

Wojcicki has been with Google since the beginning: she was their 16th employee and the company worked out of her garage for its first few months.

Everything from Google's AdSense to Google's Youtube purchase and even Google's search engine dominance is also Wojcicki's idea. She started by partnering with universities and had them include a Google search bar in their websites.
She's a mom to five kids, and she is always home for dinner, devoting the hours of 6:00-9:00pm only to her family completely.

As of May of this year, YouTube was valued at $80 billion, leaving eBay, Yahoo, and Starbucks in its dust.

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#2

Sheryl Sandberg is the chief operating officer of Facebook and the best-selling author of Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. She was born in Washington, D.C., in 1969.

Sandberg was married briefly at the age of 24 and then got divorced a year later.

In 2004, she married Dave Goldberg, who became one of her biggest supporters her. Unfortunately, he died in 2015, due to a head injury.

Sheryl worked for Google until 2008, with her tenure marked by stunning professional success and an ever-growing reputation as one of the top executives in the country.

She also made it to the billionaires' list in early 2014, based on her stake in Facebook, which made its initial public stock offering in 2012, the same year that Sandberg became the first female member of the company's board of directors.

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#3

She served as a CEO of eBay for 10 years and under her direction; the company became an online auction giant that went from sales of $86 million in her first year to a staggering $7.7 billion a decade later.

After failing to win the California governor's race in 2010 she was tapped to run computer giant Hewlett-Packard in September 2011.

Whitman is estimated to be worth more than $1 billion.

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#4

She was Google's 20th employee and its first female engineer. She worked on projects like Google Maps, Google Earth, Street View, Google News and Gmail.

After spending 13 years at Google, she was appointed the CEO of Yahoo in 2012.

In September of 2013, Mayer was ranked number one by Fortune magazine in its annual "40 Under 40" list of business leaders.

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#5

Co-Chief Executive Officer, Oracle Corporation.

The Israeli-born, Boston-raised executive is credited with spearheading its aggressive acquisition strategy. She helped close over 85 acquisitions over the past five years that helped Oracle to secure a top position in the world of enterprise technology.

She is also the board of directors for HSBC Holdings, one of the world's largest banking and financial services organizations.

She is one of world's highest-paid female executives, earning nearly $38 million in 2014.

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#6

She is the Senior Vice President, Apple and was the highest-paid female executive in the U.S in 2014.

Angela has had a long and successful career in the fashion and retail industry and played a very important role in Burberry's return to popularity.

Revenues during her tenure rose from £2 billion to over £7 billion, and Burberry is now one of the five largest luxury brands in the world with 530 stores scattered around the globe.

She has also featured on a TEDx talk earlier where she talked about the "positive and transformative power of human energy."

She is the first female on Apple CEO Tim Cook's executive team.

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#7

She started out as a summer intern at Xerox, and 36 years later became the chief executive officer of the same company.

She is the first African-American female chief executive of a Fortune 500 company and became one of the most powerful women in corporate America.

She also spearheaded Xerox's largest ever acquisition Affiliated Computer Services in 2010.

She earned roughly $18.6 million, a $1.1 million salary, a $2 million cash bonus and $15.5 million in Xerox stock.

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#8

She joined Google in May 2015 as the CFO.

Earlier she worked at Morgan Stanley for 22 years and closely handled the IPO's of biggies like eBay, Priceline, and Amazon.

She is one strong woman who has worked through childbirth and even breast cancer.

She also likes spending her free time flipping houses and will never take a day off.

It is estimated that the new CFO Ruth Porat will make at least $70 million this year.

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#9

Hood began working at Microsoft in 2002 and is the first female chief financial officer at Microsoft.

She manages the company's productivity applications and services including Microsoft Office 365, Office, SharePoint, Exchange, Dynamics ERP and Dynamics CRM.

Hood played a central role in takeovers of companies including Skype.

She also assisted on the $1.2 billion acquisition of Yammer Inc. last year.

She has an annual base salary of $570,000, along with Microsoft stock valued around $6.5 million.

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#10

In 2013, President Barack Obama appointed James as a member of the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC)

James joined Intel in 1987 as a product manager and then was named the president in May, 2013

News is she will join hands with Oracle pretty soon.

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#11

Gwynne Shotwell, 49, is president and chief operating officer of SpaceX.

Shotwell is No. 2 at the pioneering company behind founder and chief executive Elon Musk.

Shotwell's has nearly 20 years of experience in the Aerospace industry with half in senior management/ executive positions.

In 2004, she was elected to the California Space Authority Board of Directors and she also serves as a Member of Board of Governors at Aerospace Industries Association.

We can't thank all the women enough for the amount of sacrifice they make in their lives to take care of everyone in the family. Plus these efforts are doubled if they have a responsibility of hundreds employees and crores of rupees on their shoulders. Hats off to such women out there who do all the hard work and yet never complain. Have a Proud & Happy Women's Day.

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