Sheryl Sandberg was one of the few women standing among Facebook's ranks during its public debut last Friday. With only a handful of women at the top of U.S. technology companies, and with those numbers decreasing each year, both women and men are working to right the gender imbalance in this industry. We've made a playlist of some of the top female leaders in tech and business, each with their own opinion on the gender gap in technology.
While Marissa Mayer thinks we've come a long way since she was a student, Maya Lin and Meg Whitman think that we need to encourage girls and young women to enter fields like engineering and math. What do you think? Come join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus.
Marissa Mayer knows times have changed – she only had one role model in computer science as a student, and now she's a role model herself. She thinks that as technology becomes more widely used, women will be as drawn to the industry as men have been in the past.
Mae O'Malley is an attorney that has worked for leading tech companies in Silicon Valley. Contrasting with Marissa Mayer, O'Malley argues that while technology was thought to be the great gender equalizer, it has fallen short on its promise.
Sheryl Sandberg believes that the bigger divide in Silicon Valley is technical ability, separating workers into the categories of engineers and non-engineers. The gender gap, she feels, is incidental and is a result of the choices men and women are making when choosing majors in college.
Maya Lin doesn't see the gender imbalance in the tech industry as an isolated case. Instead, she thinks that the "man's world" of business, has been transferred to the Internet. She feels that it is the media's responsibility to show diversity in its representations of the tech industry, and that it is our responsibility to encourage our daughters to study math and engineering.
Instead of placing the responsibility on parents and students, Meg Whitman challenges universities and engineering departments to become inviting and accepting to female students. It is through this institutional change, she feels, that will result in more women entering a male-dominated field.