Mother’s Day is fast approaching, a time to appreciate the most influential lady in our lives. It has also been a time, as of late, when women have been rallying for their rights all over the world in wake of President Trump’s first full day of administration. Tying these two events together, Ebuyer takes a look at the current most influential mothers in the world of tech, as rated on Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Women List…
Cheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO. (Mum of 2)
Mrs Sandberg is Chief Operating Officer of the world’s largest social media site – No biggie. Not only this, but she became the first ever woman on the board back in 2012. Having previously worked at Google and as chief of staff for the United States Secretary of the treasury, she now supports the growth of Facebook and promotes initiatives to address the gender gap within the tech industry. She is also on the board of Women for women international.
Susan Wojcicki, YouTube CEO. (Mum of 5)
Wojcicki was a part of the Google team since the early days, setting up their first office in her garage before becoming Marketing Manager in 1999. Now CEO of the world’s biggest video streaming site, YouTube, she appears to achieve a great balance between her work life and life as a mum of five. Wojcicki has written various highly regarded pieces discussing topics such as the importance of paid maternity leave and the importance of finding balance between family and career.
Meg Whitman, HPE President and CEO (Mum of 2)
Meg Whitman ranked 9th on Fobes’ list overall. She has an impressive résumé, cutting her teeth at Ebay, the online shopping site which she helped to turn into a multibillion dollar business, before moving to work for HPE as President and Chief Executive Officer. Not to mention, she is also the Chairwoman of HP Inc.
Angela Ahrendts, Apple SVPR (Mum of 3)
Angela Ahrendts is Apple’s Senior Vice President of Retail and Burberry’s former CEO. Ahrendts is therefore responsible for both online sales channels and brick and mortar shops at the world’s largest company. She is currently the only woman on Apple’s executive board, so let’s hope she is paving the way for other women like herself.
Safra Catz, Oracle Co-CEO (Mum of 2)
Israeli-born American business executive, Safra Catz, has occupied the joint position of Co-CEO at Oracle since 2014. Oracle is one of the world’s largest tech firms. Interestingly, however, it was announced in late 2016 that Catz would join the executive committee of the presidential transition team for Donald Trump, while continuing her position at Oracle. Perhaps Catz wishes only to make the presidential transition as smooth as possible for women like herself, but it seems this move angered Oracle’s executive George Polisner, who posted his resignation letter on LinkedIn as a result and outlined concerns over Trump’s policies.
We hope to see more women on the Forbes’ list in 2017 as progress is continually being made to bridge the gender gap. If you want to read one of our previous blog articles discussing the male-domination of the tech industry, click here.