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The Future of AI: Women Making Waves in Technology

By Samira Gholizadeh posted 30 days ago

  

In the rapidly evolving landscape of technology, artificial intelligence (AI) stands as a beacon of innovation, offering transformative potential across industries. Amidst this groundbreaking progress, the vital contributions of women in shaping the future of AI are increasingly evident. In this article, we shine a spotlight on a select group of women who are not only navigating the forefront of AI but are also driving significant waves of change in the tech industry. Through their expertise, leadership, and pioneering initiatives, these women exemplify the diverse and dynamic future of technology. Join us as we delve into their stories, exploring the impact and influence of women making waves in the ever-expanding realm of AI and technology.

The demand for science, technology, engineering and math occupations is expected to grow during the next decade. But even with the growth in opportunities, women remain underrepresented in these fields. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that only 16.7% of the engineering and architecture workforce and 26.9% of employees in computer and mathematical jobs were held by women in 2023.

Employed persons by detailed occupation, sex, race, and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity [Numbers in thousands]

Percent of total employed - 2023
Occupation Total
employed
Women White Black or
African
American
Asian Hispanic
or Latino

Computer and mathematical occupations

6,502 26.9 63.5 9.2 24.0 8.8

Computer and information research scientists

44 - - - - -

Computer systems analysts

513 37.8 65.5 12.0 18.3 9.4

Information security analysts

231 19.3 79.3 11.1 7.9 12.6

Computer programmers

402 21.5 66.1 6.5 24.2 9.9

Software developers

2,134 20.2 54.6 6.5 36.2 6.0

Software quality assurance analysts and testers

76 44.1 57.0 10.4 27.3 5.2

Web developers

76 19.4 84.2 1.2 9.2 20.4

Web and digital interface designers

79 42.7 82.9 3.6 7.9 5.4

Computer support specialists

687 26.2 67.0 13.2 15.0 9.7

Database administrators and architects

122 30.8 58.8 10.6 29.3 2.1

Network and computer systems administrators

202 16.7 73.2 8.6 14.7 11.6

Computer network architects

104 7.7 73.7 10.9 10.7 15.5

Computer occupations, all other

1,197 26.0 66.0 12.4 18.5 11.8

Actuaries

43 - - - - -

Mathematicians

5 - - - - -

Operations research analysts

138 55.0 68.0 16.1 13.0 8.7

Statisticians

46 - - - - -

Other mathematical science occupations

402 50.7 63.8 7.4 24.4 8.8

Architecture and engineering occupations

3,602 16.7 78.0 6.1 13.1 10.1

Architects, except landscape and naval

203 31.0 83.6 3.5 10.1 11.3

Landscape architects

28 - - - - -

Surveyors, cartographers, and photogrammetrists

44 - - - - -

Aerospace engineers

166 15.2 75.8 8.6 12.7 3.6

Agricultural engineers

4 - - - - -

Bioengineers and biomedical engineers

26 - - - - -

Chemical engineers

83 21.6 80.2 5.0 10.6 6.1

Civil engineers

517 16.9 78.2 7.2 12.7 11.4

Computer hardware engineers

71 5.9 60.2 4.9 29.6 8.0

Electrical and electronics engineers

250 11.6 73.9 7.7 17.4 10.1

Environmental engineers

38 - - - - -

Industrial engineers, including health and safety

298 24.6 78.4 6.1 12.6 10.3

Marine engineers and naval architects

16 - - - - -

Materials engineers

54 13.5 80.9 0.0 16.6 12.8

Mechanical engineers

433 10.1 78.9 6.2 12.8 9.5

Mining and geological engineers, including mining safety engineers

10 - - - - -

Nuclear engineers

3 - - - - -

Petroleum engineers

12 - - - - -

Engineers, all other

669 15.4 72.4 5.9 18.2 9.9

Architectural and civil drafters

33 - - - - -

Other drafters

98 20.5 88.6 3.2 8.2 8.9

Electrical and electronic engineering technologists and technicians

97 11.6 88.4 2.4 8.8 17.7

Other engineering technologists and technicians, except drafters

366 17.3 78.0 8.5 7.8 13.5

Surveying and mapping technicians

87 12.0 94.8 2.3 1.5 8.7

Revisiting the contributions of female entrepreneurs in the realm of Artificial Intelligence, their groundbreaking advances have been instrumental in propelling this technology to new heights. There is no doubt that the way these women in AI are changing the working paradigm is transforming the societal norms for many young girls. As the AI industry snowballs, it's crucial to accentuate the contributions of women in this field. Female AI scientists and professionals have been making waves, and their contributions are invaluable. 

Following are some advice from prominent women in engineering whose work has inspired women to become part of the computing world. 

1. Take Risks:
   - Embrace uncertainty and don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Taking risks often leads to growth and new opportunities.
   - Be willing to fail and learn from your mistakes. Every setback is a chance to refine your approach and come back stronger.
   - Trust your instincts and have confidence in your abilities. Believe that you have what it takes to succeed, even when faced with challenges.

2. Build Inclusivity:
   - Foster a culture of diversity and inclusion within your team and organization. Encourage different perspectives and experiences to drive innovation and creativity.
   - Actively seek out opportunities to support and uplift underrepresented voices in the tech industry. Advocate for inclusive hiring practices and mentorship programs.
   - Lead by example and champion diversity in all aspects of your work. Be an ally to marginalized groups and use your platform to promote equality and equity.

3. Harness 'Street Cred' in Tech:
   - Focus on building a strong reputation based on your expertise and contributions to the field. Establish yourself as a thought leader by sharing your insights through blogs, talks, and publications.
   - Cultivate relationships with peers and industry leaders who can vouch for your skills and expertise. Networking and collaboration are key to gaining 'street cred' in tech.
   - Stay up-to-date on the latest trends and technologies in data science. Continuously invest in your professional development to remain relevant and competitive in the industry.

Here is more information about gaining diversity and fostering innovation through diversity:

Winning the fight for female talent , How to gain the diversity edge through inclusive recruitment

Global Diversity and inclusion, Fostering Innovation Through  a Diverse Workforce

The future of AI is undeniably intertwined with the remarkable contributions of women who are making waves in technology. Through their groundbreaking advancements, leadership, and advocacy, women are not just shaping the trajectory of AI but also challenging societal norms and inspiring future generations. Their innovative work demonstrates the transformative potential of diversity and inclusion in driving progress and innovation in the tech industry. As we continue to witness the exponential growth of AI, it's imperative to recognize and amplify the voices of women who are at the forefront of this revolution. By celebrating their achievements and supporting their endeavors, we can collectively propel the AI industry forward towards a more inclusive, equitable, and impactful future.

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Samira Gholizadeh

IBM Champion - User group leader and liaison in Women in AI

Mechanical & Materials Scientist
Machine Learning Engineer 
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