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May 1, 2014updated 22 Sep 2016 11:23am

11 quotes about women in tech from women in tech

Female executives, scientists and astronauts comment on gender politics in tech.

By Jimmy Nicholls

1. I think women bring a different perspective to computing, they are more thoughtful and less inclined to go straight for technical fixes

– Karen Sparck Jones, British Computer Scientist (BCS)

2. I always tell women to use the fact that we offer a different point of view in a room full of men, to their advantage. Because we often stand out, we gain a unique platform to demonstrate our knowledge and capabilities

– Padmasree Warrior, CTO of Cisco (Blog post)

3. Most of the entrepreneurs in technology companies in Silicon Valley are guys. This phenomenon of very few women entrepreneurs I think is not confined to but particularly prevalent in technology

– Meg Whitman, chief executive of Hewlett-Packardm, below (Makers)

Meg Whitman, chief executive of Hewlett-Packard

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4. For whatever reason, I didn’t succumb to the stereotype that science wasn’t for girls. I got encouragement from my parents. I never ran into a teacher or a counsellor who told me that science was for boys. A lot of my friends did

– Sally Ride, first American woman in space (USA today)

5. I’m not a woman at Google, I’m a geek at Google. If you can find something that you’re really passionate about, whether you’re a man or a woman comes a lot less into play. Passion is a gender-neutralizing force

– Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo (CNN)

6. If you have a daughter, she should go be an engineer because it’s still a rarity. It comes back to maybe expectations – dial all the way back to my mother’s year, girls were not as encouraged to be science, math, and technology

– Meg Whitman, chief executive of Hewlett-Packard (Makers)

7. Our country in particular — and the whole world — has a real challenge in bringing more women into engineering and technical fields. It’s good to show that you don’t need to sacrifice your sense of femininity because you are engineer

– Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo (LA Times)

8. Any girl can be glamorous. All she has to do is stand still and look stupid

– Hedy Lamarr, actress and communications inventor (The Stars, by Richard Schickel)

Sally Ride, the first American woman in space.

9. I think it’s very important to get more women into computing. My slogan is ‘Computing is too important to be left to men’

– Karen Sparck Jones, British Computer Scientist (BCS)

10. Studying these subjects in the classroom can be just as isolating to young girls as employing them in the workplace. There is an outdated belief that girls are not as good at science and math subjects as boys

– Padmasree Warrior, CTO of Cisco (Blog post)

11. The fact that I was going to be the first American woman to go into space carried huge expectations along with it. I didn’t really think about it that much at the time…but I came to appreciate what an honor it was to be selected to be the first to get a chance to go into space

– Sally Ride, first American woman in space, above (NASA)

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