International Women’s Day: Meet Ladies Who Lead in the Channel

#EmbraceEquity, accelerate equality and celebrate the exceptional.

Buffy Naylor, Senior Managing Editor

March 8, 2023

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Today, March 8, is International Women’s Day (IWD), a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.

The theme for this year’s IWD is “Embrace Equity.” According to the WomenTech Network, at the current pace of change, it will take more than 132 years to close the economic gender gap.

In the tech industry, women are both underrepresented and underpaid. Women make up about 28% of the tech industry workforce, but only 10.9% of CEO or senior leadership roles. And while tech jobs are, in general, higher paying than in other industries, women still earn only 82 cents to every dollar that men earn. “Careers in science and STEM pay well for women, but despite this fact, the gender wage gap still exists,” says Nicole Smith, a research professor and chief economist at the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.

But women, especially those in the communications and tech channel, have never been ones to sit around and wait for things to happen. In the words of the song, “Sisters are doing it for themselves.” Just check out what the Alliance of Channel Women (ACW) and Cloud Girls are doing — supporting, mentoring, educating, celebrating and honoring their peers in the industry.

Similarly, the WomenTech Network is a leading community for women in tech. Like ACW and Gloud Girls, they work to empower women in tech through leadership development, professional growth, mentorship and networking events. They work to inspire women to make a difference by building impactful and inclusive technology while introducing them to like-minded people, inspiring speakers and opportunities at leading companies that aim to create diverse teams and a culture of belonging.

100 Women to Watch

The WomenTech C-Level Network’s annual “100 Women to Watch” list highlights some of the top technologists, innovators and influential women holding leadership positions in the tech industry. Women who are setting a precedent for future generations with their exemplary accomplishments and leadership. The WomenTech C-Level Network compiled the list on the basis of information pulled from nominations, direct applications, database information, interviews, company websites and other public information.

So in honor of International Women’s Day, scroll through the gallery above to see some of the top female executive in the communications and IT gallery that made the “100 Women in Tech Leaders to Watch in 2023” list.

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About the Author(s)

Buffy Naylor

Senior Managing Editor, Channel Futures

Buffy Naylor is senior managing editor of Channel Futures. Prior to joining Informa (then VIRGO) in 2008, she was an award-winning copywriter and editor, then senior manager of corporate communications for an international leisure travel corporation and, before that, in charge of creative development and copywriting for a boutique marketing and public relations agency.

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