Women With Byte

Technology can empower society, yet the stories of the important women who have shaped technology are often overshadowed or even erased. Women With Byte is a continuing series of articles in which we look at the many contributions women have made to technology — past and present — as well as the hurdles they faced (and overcome) and the foundations for the future they’ve laid for the next generations of women in technology.

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4 women innovators who are using tech to help others live better lives

Meet four women leaders who are not only at the forefront of technology today, but also using tech — from robotics and medicine to food and undergarments — to help others.

Many pioneers in computing were women of color. Here are 5 you should recognize

The pioneers in the history of computer science include women of color, who brought forth stunning technological innovations that we still benefit from today. We look at the stories of five of these women.

One of Nat Geo’s first female photographers captured stories others ignored

Annie Griffiths has spent 40 years as a photojournalist, starting her career as one of the first women photographers at National Geographic. She now runs her own nonprofit working to empower women around the globe.

Long before Gates or Jobs, 6 women programmed the first digital computer

ENIAC was the world's first electronic digital computer, and it was programmed by a team of six women. Remembering their contributions could inspire more young women to pursue careers in the tech industry.

Google Play’s Change the Game is here to empower women in mobile gaming

Google Play's next initiative, Change the Game, aims to shed light on the underrepresentation of women in the gaming industry. The interactive online experience walks you through the relationship between women and mobile games.

Google uses ‘Wonder Woman’ to inspire next generation of female programmers

Google and Made With Code have developed an interactive coding project based on Warner Bros. upcoming Wonder Woman film to introduce teen girls to the fundamentals of computer science.

Women working in tech jobs should avoid these cities if they want more equal pay

Women working in the tech industry are sometimes paid less than men doing the same jobs. Data shows that the gender pay gap in the tech industry is much worse in some U.S. cities than others. Here is the breakdown.
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Meet Alexis Tirado, the young Latina carrying the flame of Hispanic Millennials

Alexis Tirado, Editorial Director of Univision's YouTube-only millennial video channel The Flama, talks with Digital Trends Español about what it's like to be a Latina in the media, the Hispanic community in America, and how to be a voice…

Microsoft hosts first ‘Hack for Her’ summit in effort to address tech’s diversity problem

A Microsoft-organized summit made the case that tech companies need women if they want to stay competitive, but Microsoft itself still has some work to do.
Emerging Tech

Abigail Seldin talks College Abacus and being a woman in tech

Abigail Seldin and her team of power women at Innovation Lab are working to make college more affordable through the power of consumer tech and their free online tool College Abacus.

Why aren’t women staying in computer science?

50 years ago, nearly half of the programmers in the business were women. Today, only 18 percent of college grads with a computer science degree have two X chromosomes. And in the workplace, it gets grimmer.
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Facebook finally features a woman in front in its friends icon

On Tuesday, Caitlin Winner, a design manager at Facebook, wrote a Medium post about how she changed the friends icon to prominently feature a woman, and perhaps more importantly, why she did it.

The problem of the lack of women in tech isn’t going away, and may require joint action

The number of women in technology has been described as "disastrous," and perhaps the most problematic aspect of the issue is the glacial rate at which it is improving. Only 26 percent of technical computing jobs are filled by women.

Julie Larson-Green will receive the 2015 Women of Vision ABIE Award for Leadership

Julie Larson-Green has been announced as the 2015 recipient of the Anita Borg Institute's Women of Vision ABIE Award for Leadership.

Google admits that it hires too many white guys and not enough women

Google may mostly hire white males, but it does have a few women and ethnic minorities on staff too. Does Google play favorites, or is there another reason for the lack of diversity in tech?

WTF, Internet?: Thanks for another terrible ‘hot women in tech’ list we did not ask for

WTF, Internet? This week's Web indiscretion comes courtesy of Complex's awful "hottest women in tech" round up, which managed to collectively anger most (if not all) of the Internet.

Meet the woman making brainwave control look more like meditation and less like the Matrix

Our interview with Ariel Garten reveals the secrets behind the brainwave-controlled headband known as Muse and what to expect from mind-melded computing in the not-so-distant future .