Despite the technology industry only being made up of 18% females, there are many notable women who have contributed advancing the tech sector.

Below you will find a selection of inspirational quotes from notable women in technology.


“A ship in port is safe, but that is not what ships are for. Sail out to sea and do new things.”Women in tech awards feature

— Rear Admiral Grace Hopper the US Navy’s oldest active-duty officer at the time of her retirement. She developed the first compiler for a computer programming language and was a developer of UNIVAC I and COBOL. She also coined the terms “computer bug” and “debugging” after she opened her computer to fix it and a moth flew out of it.

“Any girl can be glamorous. All she has to do is stand still and look stupid.”

— Hedy Lamarr, actress, and co-developer of a frequency-hopping/spread spectrum technology based on a player piano. Described as “the most beautiful woman in Europe,” Lamarr never earned a penny from her patent, however after her patent expired, the tech was picked up by the US Navy during the Cuban Missile Crisis in guided torpedoes.

“I think it’s very important to get more women into computing. My slogan is: Computing is too important to be left to men.”

— Karen Spärck Jones, Professor of Computers and Information at Cambridge Computer Laboratory. Jones introduced the concept of inverse document frequency (IDF) used by most search engines.

 “Be First And Be Lonely.” 

Ginni Rometty, Chairwoman and CEO of IBM is an American business executive. She is noted as the first woman to head IBM. Prior to becoming president and CEO in January 2012 she held the positions of Senior Vice President and Group Executive for Sales, Marketing, and Strategy at IBM.

“I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough.”

 Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo! Mayer is an American business executive and computer scientist, currently serving as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Yahoo!, a position she has held since July 2012.

“That brain of mine is something more than merely mortal; as time will show.”

— Ada Lovelace was a Mathematician and Computer Scientist. Countess of Lovelace was an English mathematician and writer, chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage’s early mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine. She is widely reported as being the first female coder.