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8 Woman-Run Tech Companies You Should Know, Because These Leaders Are Combating Sexism In The Tech Industry

8 Woman-Run Tech Companies You Should Know, Because These Leaders Are Combating Sexism In The Tech Industry

When you combine the lack of women in the tech industry with the paucity of women holding leadership roles at companies of all sorts, the chances for women to assume executive positions at tech companies can look bleak. Only 14.2 percent of top executives at S&P 500 companies are women, and women constituted only 26 percent of people in computer and mathematical occupations in 2013. Our cultural bias against women in power starts taking effect early in childhood, with both boys and girls being less likely to support a girl-run student council, according to some reports.

The careers of individuals who have risen to the top of their companies or started their own despite prejudices against women leaders and gender discrimination in STEM fields, however, tell a more encouraging story. I spoke with eight of these women to learn how they've overcome some major hurdles to women in leadership, particularly in the tech industry, and what they view as the key to helping more women achieve the same status. The good news is, these founders and CEOs are thinking deeply about how to pave the way for other women after them, meaning that for every woman tech executive we gain, we are really gaining much more. Take it from these leaders who have experienced women's ability to succeed firsthand.

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