Over the years, women have contributed to and shaped the evolution of many fields including technology. Women were among the first programmers, pioneers of software compilers and code-breakers who helped to turn the tide of world wars. While these success stories are heartening to read, there are also equally inspiring and challenging stories of female tech workers, who face and work through the male-dominated tech society to make their mark. 

Here are top reads that you as a woman in the tech industry might relish, the assortment would expand your knowledge of the field, and re-energize yours with success stories. The books are powerful enough to make you want to start a new tech company of your own, so put your reading glasses on:

Female Innovators at Work: Women on Top of Tech – Danielle Newnham. 

The writer captures twenty free-flowing and candid interviews with women founders, CEOs, and inventors across the tech world and analyses how these successful leaders have moved up the corporate ladder and charted a great career path for themselves.

She herself being an entrepreneur to a mobile startup and another e-commerce company, Danielle interlaces the book with her own experiences and anecdotes, which makes it an interesting and must-read. The book makes a delightful, inspiring read.

Life in Code: A Personal History of Technology – Ellen Ullman.

The last two decades have seen the rise of the internet, the development of artificial intelligence, the ubiquity of powerful computers and almost all industries transforming using tech. The writer has seen it all, lived and worked inside that rising culture of technology and in this book ‘Life in Code…’, she tells this continuing story of the change, with a unique eloquence.

The story that Ullman recounts is neither one of unbridled triumph nor a nostalgic denial of progress. The book is inherently a story of the loss of innocence of digital technology, as it entered the cultural mainstream and the change that came along with it. The storyline makes this a fantastic book to have on our shelf.

Girl Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity, and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur – Cara Alwill Leyba

Named by Inc. magazine as one of the most essential books every female entrepreneur should read, the book is a must-have for every lady in the tech industry.

‘Girl Code…’ is a roadmap for women entrepreneurs, professional women, “side hustlers” (those with a day job plus a part-time small business), and any­one in between. The book won’t teach you how to build a multimillion-dollar company, or systems or finance. 

The book guides you on how to build confidence in yourself, reconnect with your “why,” eradicate jealousy, and ultimately learn the power of connection. 

Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley – Emily Chang.

Emily Chang is a Bloomberg TV journalist and has used her deep network to come up with this path-breaking best-seller. For women in technology, Silicon Valley is a glass ceiling – where the men hold the key positions and call the shots. Vastly outnumbered, women face toxic workplaces, rife with discrimination and sexual harassment. Companies in Silicon Valley claim to hold a high moral ground but in reality, the typical bro culture holds sway. Emily Chang opens the boardrooms of male-dominated venture capital firms and describes the real-life stories of women who risked their lives and careers to pave way for other women. She writes about how the Valley’s aggressive and misogynistic culture has adversely kept women out of the greatest wealth creation in the history of the world. It’s time to break up the boys’ club and Emily shows us how to do so. Easily the national and instant best-seller, this book is an absolute must-have read.

Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change – Ellen Pao

The book is an extraordinary personal account of a lost workplace discrimination lawsuit written by inclusion and diversity activist, Ellen Pao, who also happens to be the former CEO of reddit. A telltale story which, on the surface, might appear as the disappointing defeat of women in technology, has sparked off a major expose campaign like the #Metoo movement. 

Back in 2015, Ellen challenged Kleiner Perkins, one of the top venture capital firms in Silicon Valley, calling out the alleged bias and discrimination she suffered from while working there. As an outcome of her initiatives and actions, the ‘Pao Effect’ term got coined, resulting in a slew of lawsuits aimed at gender inequality at the workplace.

The book is a powerful read, and an inspiration for women up for their rights when faced with any gender inequality or discrimination at the workplace.

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