According to a study by the Pew Research Center, the United States (science, technology, engineering, and math) STEM jobs have rapidly increased by 79 per cent since the 1990s, outpacing other professional sectors. But among these numbers, only 25 per cent of computing jobs were assigned to women. In another research, the group found that 74 per cent of women in these jobs said they had experienced gender discrimination at work, some have complained about receiving lesser pay than their male counterparts.
Despite these reports, there are still women who've stood their ground. Here are five female trailblazers to know:
1. Whitney Wolfe Herd
Whitney Wolfe Herd is the founder and CEO of social and dating app Bumble. Launched in 2014, the software allows two people to "match" and chat online. The catch? Females have the power to start the conversation.
In an interview with Tatler, Herd explained that her brand wants to empower as many women as possible."We built Bumble to provide a digital space where users can connect with each other through kindness, accountability, and respect. By having women make the first move, we empower them to take control over the relationship with confidence.”
Wolfe Herd was named as one of 2017's and 2018's Forbes 30 Under 30, and in 2018 she was named in the Time 100 List.