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From one of Time Magazine's "Forty Most Influential Minds in Technology" comes an essential collection of candid, first-hand accounts of women in technology.
Women in technology are on the rise in both power and numbers, and now it's more important than ever to not lose that momentum, to "lean in" and close the gender gap. Although they make up half of the population, only 14% of engineers in the United States are women. They take the seeds of technological advancement and build something life-changing, potentially life-saving. The future of technology depends on the full and active participation of women and men working together, and it is vital that women are both educated and encouraged to go into the tech sectors.
Hailed by Foreign Policy Magazine as a "Top 100 Global Thinker," professor, researcher, and entrepreneur Vivek Wadhwa, alongside award-winning journalist Farai Chideya, set out to collect anecdotes and essays from global leaders, sharing how their experiences in innovative industries frame the future of entrepreneurship. With interviews and essays from hundreds of women in STEM fields, including Anousheh Ansari the first female private sector space explorer, former Google[X] VP and current CTO of the USA Megan Smith, Ory Okolloh of the Omidyar Network, venture capitalist Heidi Roizen and CEO of Nanobiosym Dr. Anita Goel, MD, PhD, Innovating Women offers perspectives on the challenges that women face, the strategies that they employ in the workplace, and how an organization can succeed or fail in its attempts to support the career advancement of women.
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Most of the Western world imagines the lone male inventor when thinking about innovation. This image is a myth on two fronts: the lone inventor and the male . Vivek Wadhwa and Farai Chideya invited women innovators to crowd-create a book on women innovators, dispelling the myth of the “male” only innovator. And they’ve succeeded, fabulously. Innovating Women is a collection of stories – personal, powerful, inspiring, encouraging, disruptive, challenging stories - of women who grabbed the status quo by the horns and threw it aside. [In full disclosure, I have a story in the book]. The stories include women from all over the world, in diverse sectors of STEM, like technology, investing, engineering, medicine, biology, as well as STEAM. The stories, including one by America’s new CTO and former VP at Google[X] Megan Smith, represent the authentic voices of women who have persevered, overcome, created, and innovated their careers and accomplishments. Both women and men will learn from these innovators’ experiences and insights and apply them when fighting stereotypes, stigmas and artificial distinctions. Companies and organizations will see how diversity of thought, experience, background and gender are critical for innovation and therefore success. Innovating Women is a Must Read for women, men, girls, boys, teachers, leaders, managers, politicians, everyone. Read it, share it, discover and enable more stories so we can unleash the talent needed to solve the wicked problems facing our world. Keep the stories coming.