The Inspiring Women to Watch at SXSW

2018 was the Year of Women, with the rise of movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp, powerful female voices like gun control activist, Emma Gonzales, are being heard around the globe and a record-breaking number of women winning seats in the U.S. Congress.

Yet in the same year, the Fortune 500 list revealed that women hold less than 5% of CEO roles in America, showing we still have a long way to go. At Stradigi AI, gender inequality in tech and beyond is close to our hearts. Our CSO, Carolina Bessega is actively involved in the Women in Tech movement, supporting the push for more women in technology and leadership roles. So in honour of International Women’s Day (which happens to fall on the first day of SXSW!), here are the influential female voices you need to hear at this year’s conference.

How the Gender Tech Movement is Empowering Women

Speakers: ElsaMarie D’Silva, Safecity Rajesh Mirchandani, United Nations Foundation Lauren Moore, Johnson & Johnson | Ariela Suster, Sequence Apparel LLC

Access to technology is creating a movement around female empowerment. Hear how one of the world’s largest healthcare companies harnessed the power of mobile to reach six million mothers in 10 countries to share important maternal health information. Or how two entrepreneurs are using the power of collaboration to drive social change by disrupting gang culture through fashion tech, and using a crowdsourcing platform to curb sexual assault. This accomplished panel of female leaders will be tackling gender issues head on, and promoting health, safety and education for women everywhere.

Disrupting the Status Quo: Female Leaders in Tech

Speakers: Michelle Castillo, CheddarBillie Sue Chafins, HuluFelicia Yue, Amazon Prime Video 

It’s tough to be on top, and even more so for women leaders in technology. While more tech companies are making efforts to encourage inclusion, there are still far too few women in upper management roles. Learn how these female leaders are tackling the unique challenges of managing a predominantly male workforce, mentoring teams to build more inclusive work environments and other gender related issues in the tech world.

How a Record Number of Women Ran and Won

Speakers: Heather Gaygle, PoliticoBrittney Cooper, Crunk Feminist CollectiveAndrea Dew Steele, Emerge America | Terri Sewell, U.S. House of Representatives

Despite the record number of women being elected to the U.S. Congress last year, only 20% of the country’s lawmakers are female. Across all 50 states, only 4 black women currently serve in statewide office, highlighting a glaring lack of diversity among elected officials. This failure is inevitably reflected in the country’s public policy, from issues like women’s health to harassment in the military. Hear this panel of lawmakers, campaign experts and political commentators discuss why so many women ran in 2018, how they beat out their male counterparts, and what a future with more women in office might look like.

We need to work collaboratively to close the gender pay gap for good. Come share a coffee with us at the Intelligent Future track this International Women’s Day and let’s change the conversation.

Photo: Taken from SXSW – Speakers from last year’s panel (from left to right) Joanna Coles, Stacy Brown-Philpot, Nina Shaw and Melinda Gates discussing the way new technologies, new business models and new social movements are redefining what it means to go to work.

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