Imagine a world equal for men and women and where black women can achieve all they want without bias. Think about living in a time where women have equal opportunities to succeed in any field, be it tech, politics, marketing, or entertainment.
A world free of inequality, discrimination, and bias, is the inspiration behind the theme for 2022 International Women’s Day (IWD) – #BreakTheBias.
IWD is a day set aside globally to celebrate the struggles and achievements of women in all sectors of the world. It is also an avenue to promote gender equality and empowerment of women around the world.
For #IWD22, the United Nations has decided to use the theme, #BreakTheBias, to advocate building an inclusive world free of bias against women. Women are achieving extraordinary feats in different industries. However, this wasn’t so many years ago. Tech, for example, was a field believed to be only for men, but women are doing great things in tech today.
To commemorate the International Women’s Day celebration, we have compiled a list of six inspiring Black women in tech.
6 Inspiring Black Women In Tech
Kathryn A. Finney is the founder and CEO of GeniusChild, a platform that invests in Black-owned businesses, and DigitalUndivided, a campaign that aims at growing the economy by focusing on Black and Latinx business owners and entrepreneurs. She also started The Doonie Fund in 2020 to help black businesswomen continue running their businesses even amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.
Kathryn has been recognized by many media outlets, including Woman to Watch in 2016 by Entrepreneur Magazine, Women of Influence Award by New York Business Journal, 40 under 40 by Black Enterprise, UPSTART 100 List of Top Innovators, Black Innovator Award by SXSW, Ebony Power 100 List of the Most Influential African Americans, and Most Influential Women in Tech list by Inc. Magazine.
Dr. Aprille Ericsson
Dr. Aprille Ericsson is an aerospace engineer and business lead for the Instrument Systems and Technology Division at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Aprille is the first Black-American woman to bag a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at Howard University and the first Black-American woman to bag a Ph.D. in Engineering at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
Kamilah Taylor is a Jamaican robotics and software engineer, entrepreneur, and public speaker. She is the co-founder of Gusto, a company that provides payroll services and benefits for businesses. Kamilah was a senior software engineer at LinkedIn and has worked at Crikey and Wolfram Research.
Arlan Hamilton is the founder and managing partner of Backstage Capital, a company that invests in founders that identify as women, people of color, or members of the LGBTQ. Arlan is a published author of the book, “It’s About Damn Time.” She has been named under the Fortune 40 Under 40 and Fast Company Queer 50 lists.
Jessica O. Matthews, Nigerian tech entrepreneur and capitalist, is the co-founder of Uncharted Play Inc., which produced Soccket. Soccket is a soccer ball that serves as a source of portable power. Jessica was awarded “Scientist of the Year” by the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations and named one of the Most Promising Women Entrepreneurs by Fortune in 2015.
Rebecca is focused on providing enterprise application solutions to business owners and promoting technology in Africa. For this, she has received several recognition, including Forbes’ Female Tech Founders To Watch In Africa in 2014 and The World Economic Forum of Davos’ Global Leader for Tomorrow (GLT). She was also a finalist for the African Digital Woman award.