Happy International Women’s Day! 10 Inspiring Quotes from Women in Tech

In honor of #InternationalWomensDay, we put together some of our favorite quotes from some seriously talented and motivational women in tech. Take notes and get inspired!


#1 –   Ginni Rometty, first female CEO at IBM

“People are their first word critic, and it stops them from getting another experience because I could be better, if I was just ready yet, if I had one more thing. And that’s not it…You always have to do something that puts you in a zone you don’t know. Someone once told me growth and comfort do not coexist. And I think it’s a  really good thing to remember.”


#2 –   Rebecca Garcia, Technical Head of Product at Next Caller

“It’s so easy for us to get caught up in negative patterns, versus seeing what positive change you can make. Especially for women and minorities, we need to learn to see challenges as stepping-stones instead of hurdles. They really can bring you experience and closer to your goals.”

Women @ NASA - Michelle Haupt

# 3 –  Michelle Haupt, Operations Engineer at NASA 

“One thing I always tell young girls: Never let anybody tell you you can’t do it. Growing up, they’d look at me like, ‘Really?’ Even when I did my college visit, I had someone tell me most people change their minds after the first year. I never gave up. Even when I was having teachers tell me, ‘Just take a break from math, you can take this class next year,’ I said, ‘No, I’m going to take it now.’ I kept pushing for it.”


#4 –   Jean Bartik, Programmer at ENIAC

“I was told I’d never make it to VP rank because I was too outspoken. Maybe so, but I think men will always find an excuse for keeping women in their ‘place’. So, let’s make that place the executive suite and start more of our own companies.”


#5 –   Megan Smith, Former CTO of the United States of America 

“If you can find something you’re really passionate about, jump on that. If you’re passionate about (something) and you bring your talent, you’ll be unstoppable.”


#6 –   Lauren Mosenthal, CTO at Glassbreakers 

“Life is a series of building, testing, changing and iterating.”


#7 –   Carla Meninsky, engineer for Atari 

“I was a bit of an artist, and somewhere along the way had gotten the idea that computers could be used for animation and artists, because in-betweening was so tedious…Of course, everyone thought I was nuts.”


#8 –   Radia Perlman, AKA “Mother of the Internet”, IEEE fellow, inventor of Spanning-Tree Protocol           

 “The world would be a better place if more engineers, like me, hated technology. The stuff I design, if I’m successful, nobody will ever notice. Things will just work, and will be self-managing.”


# 9 –  Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo and former engineer at Google 

“People ask me all the time, ‘What is it like to be a woman at Google?’ I’m not a woman at Google, I’m a geek at Google. And being a geek is just great. I’m a geek, I like to code, I even like to use spreadsheets when I cook.”


#10 –    Kimberly Bryant, Founder and CEO of Black Girls Who Code and electrical engineer 

“Being able to push against that paradigm and push girls to the forefront, particularly girls of color, is going to make a tremendous difference in the industry in the years to come.”


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10 Girl Geeks Who Rule – Celebrating Ada Lovelace Day

For the annual celebration of women in science, technology, engineering and math – “Ada Lovelace Day” – we celebrate the women engineers who have climbed the ladder to leadership positions. Women make up 5% of the technology industry and yet fill only 9% of executive roles in the field. These women executives who can code are role models who inspire, motivate and give back to the next generation of female technologists by blogging and speaking.By Angie Chang (Director of Growth, Hackbright Academy)

For the annual celebration of women in science, technology, engineering and math – “Ada Lovelace Day” – we celebrate the women engineers who have climbed the ladder to leadership positions. Women make up 5% of the technology industry and yet fill only 9% of executive roles in the field.

These women executives who can code are role models who inspire, motivate and give back to the next generation of female technologists by blogging and speaking.

#1 – Marissa Mayer

Sitting pretty at Yahoo!’s helm as CEO (and in the September issue of Vogue magazine), Google’s first female engineer has climbed the corporate ladder – by jumping companies – to the highest position possible at Yahoo! Along with her role as CEO at Yahoo!, Marissa is a board member, angel investor, wife and mother who lives in San Francisco. Follow her at @marissamayer.

#2 – Padmasree Warrior

The former CTO of Motorola, Padmasree Warrior is currently the CTO of Cisco Systems. She is also a board member at Gap, Inc and an occasionally contributes to the Huffington Post. She loves art, photography, Haiku, food, and is passionate about helping women in tech. Follow her at @padmasree.

#3 – Selina Tobaccowala

An entrepreneur who started Evite out of her Stanford dorm room (and sold the company to Ticketmaster in 2001), Selina Tobaccowala is currently the Senior Vice President of Engineering and Product at SurveyMonkey. She has spoken at conferences and to engineering fellows at Hackbright Academy, where women are trained to become software engineers. Follow her at @selinato.

#4 – Kimber Lockhart

Kimber Lockhart was a computer science major who started Increo Solutions with some friends from Stanford University. In 2009, Increo was acquired by online file sharing and enterprise cloud solution company Box (for their in-browser content viewing and sharing capabilities). Today, Kimber is now the Senior Director of Web Application Engineering at Box and frequent speaker. Follow her at @kimber_lockhart‎.

#5 – Sandra Lerner

Publicly-traded American multinational corporation Cisco Systems (a leader in the design, manufacture and sale of computer networking equipment) was co-founded by Sandra “Sandy” Lerner. After Cisco, animal welfare advocate Sandy started Urban Decay cosmetics (acquired by Moet-Hennessy Louis Vuitton in 2000). She holds master’s degrees in computer science, statistics and econometrics, and a bachelor’s degree in political science. Follow her at @Ava_Farmer.

#6 – Jocelyn Goldfein

From a software engineer intern at Netscape in 1995 to Vice President of Engineering and Product at VMware in 2010, Jocelyn Goldfein has successfully climbed the Silicon Valley career ladder – and gives advice to young women in technology. Today, she is an engineering director at Facebook, where she has worked on products including the newsfeed. Follow her at Facebook.

#7 – Shilpa Dalmia

Mompreneur Shilpa Dalmia co-founded ActivityHero to remove the project management from parenting, making it easy to find engaging classes and activities for kids. As ActivityHero’s CTO, Shilpa has spoken at Hackbright about the dev stack. She speaks candidly about picking up new programming languages and venturing back to the workforce after having kids. Follow her at @shilpa_dalmia.

#8 – Joyce Park

Joyce Park is the co-founder and CTO at PandaWhale, a fun Internet service for consuming, saving, and organizing great content found on Twitter, Facebook, and the Web. She is the former co-founder and CTO of Renkoo, and was an engineer at Friendster, KnowNow and Epinions. Joyce holds a multiple graduate degrees in history and this photo credit goes to her co-founder Adam Rifkin. Follow her at @troutgirl.

#9 – Liz Crawford

A serial CTO and entrepreneur, Liz Crawford is currently the CTO at Birchbox, a New York-based beauty subscription service. Liz previously was CTO at Aprizi (“Pandora for shopping”) and had co-founded time management startup Crono as CTO. She studied computer science in undergraduate studies in Australia (where she grew up!) and then earned a Ph.D in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University. Follow her at @liscrawford.

#10 – Niniane Wang

Niniane Wang is the CTO at Minted, a global community of independent graphic designers and an online store that prints and sells the best of their designs in the form of paper goods. Previously, Niniane co-founded a coworking space and was an engineering manager at Google and Microsoft, spending five years at each. She graduated from Caltech at the age of 18 with a degree in computer science, and is a co-inventor on 30 patents (in various stages of filing). Follow her at @niniane.