The fields of technology and engineering have always been dominated by men but this, slowly yet surely, is beginning to change. More and more women are entering the tech scene, succeed in key positions and become influential leaders who inspire others.
Successful women in tech are such a great source of inspiration. They know what it takes to thrive in the men dominated tech world and share their experience and wisdom. Here we’ve collected seven powerful quotes from successful women in tech to teach us that nothing is impossible if you want it bad enough and are not afraid to work hard to achieve it.
“Career choice and progression doesn’t have to fit into the standard societal mold. Do what you love and want to do. Find what you’re good at, what you can sell or provide that is unique to you and go for it.” Dana Donofree, Owner of AnaOno
“I’ve learned that time is my most valuable resource. How I spend it, where I spend it, and who I spend it with is the key to making me feel whole as a leader, parent, creative partner, and friend.” Andrea Jacobs, Spoon University
“People don’t take opportunities because the timing is bad, the financial side unsecure. Too many people are overanalyzing. Sometimes you just have to go for it.” Michelle Zatlyn, Co-Founder of CloudFlare
“Recognize and embrace your uniqueness. I don’t think the ratios are going to change anytime soon. But, I don’t think it has to be a disadvantage. Being a Black woman, being a woman in general, on a team of all men, means that you are going to have a unique voice. It’s important to embrace that.” Erin Teague, Director of Product at Yahoo
“When you enter tech, you realize that there are more men than women. You can’t deny that. But, I don’t think you can make that an obstacle. You can’t get deterred as a female founder knowing that’s the landscape. You need to ignore the naysayers (of course there will be naysayers) and surround yourself with investors who believe in you, believe in your idea, believe in the market you’re going after, and believe in your ability to execute, most importantly.” Rachel Tipograph, Founder and CEO of MikMak.TV
“I never believed I could or couldn’t do something because I was a woman. Focus on being the best that you possibly can be. All the people I’ve worked with, they’re looking for people who are the best at what they do. If you as a woman or a man can prove to them that you are the best at what you do, they respect you for that, and they’ll empower you to succeed.” Privahini Bradoo, Co-Founder and CEO of BlueOak
“Women no longer have an ‘if I can’ mindset. Now it’s more about ‘how I can’—be in tech, start something in tech, fund something in tech. That shift is exciting! And it happened because we created a network where we show, daily, that women are innovating.” Shaherose Charania, Co-Founder and CEO of Women 2.0