The New Year’s Honours list released at the end of each year quite often features a number of talented techies, and the 2017 Honours list is no different.
A number of great women in technology have appeared on the 2017 New Year’s Honours list and it’s important to make it known.
One of the main reasons a lot of girls do not choose to pursue science, technology,engineering and maths (Stem) careers is due to a lack of role models.
Where there are role models many of them are at the very top of the ladder, sometimes seeming inaccessible to girls still at school or women early on in their careers.
But the increasing number of women in Stem appearing on lists such as the Honours list, Computer Weekly’s list of the most influential women in UK IT, the Everywoman in Tech Awards, and the Women In IT Awards means more role models are on display than ever before.
Many of the women this year’s Honours list are dedicated to helping others up the tech career ladder with them.
Among those on the 2017 Honours list included:
Maggie Philbin, co-founder and CEO of TeenTech and the winner of Computer Weekly’s 2016 Most Influential Woman in IT award, has been selected to receive an OBE for her promotion of Stem careers and creative industries in the UK.
Philbin set up Teen Tech to inspire young people to use technology creatively to solve real-world problems and encourage them into Stem roles in the future.
Debbie Forster, co-CEO of Apps for Good, was awarded an MBE for services to digital technology and tech development.
Forster, who has also appeared on CW’s annual list of the most influential women in UK IT on several occasions, runs the Apps for Good platform to give young people the opportunity to develop tech and business skills.
Anne-Marie Imafidon, co-founder and CEO of Stemettes was awarded an MBE for services to young women within Stem sectors.
Imafidon, another regular on Computer Weekly’s annual list of the most influential women in UK IT, heads the Stemettes group to help give girls access to technology skills and make them more interested in Stem careers.
Also on the Honours list this year were Justine Roberts, founder and CEO of Mumsnet, Caroline Taylor VP and CMO for IBM Global Markets, and Kathryn Parsons the co-founder and co-CEO of professional development firm Decoded, as well as many other women from science and technology backgrounds.
The 2016 Honours list featured Sue Black, founder of Techmums, was awarded an OBE and Clare Sutcliffe, founder and chief executive of children’s educational organisation Code Club.
Hopefully by holding these great women up as examples of how well ladies can do in the technology sector will encourage other women and girls into pursuing a career in technology.