If we’re going to out-innovate and out-educate the rest of the world, we’ve got to open doors for everyone. We need all hands on deck, and that means clearing hurdles for women and girls as they navigate careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.
— Michelle Obama
The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.
— Albert Einstein
I’m a geek myself. I love to code. I love to use spreadsheets when I cook.
— Marissa Mayer, President and CEO, Yahoo!
People ask me all the time: ‘What is it like to be a woman at Google?’ I’m not a woman at Google, I’m a geek at Google. And being a geek is just great.
— Google's first engineer: Marissa Mayer, President and CEO, Yahoo!
What would you do if you weren’t afraid?
— Sheryl Sandberg, author of Lean In
A key challenge is ensuring that girls considering a career in IT have role models.
There are so few known senior women within the sector and if people can name anybody it is invariably an American who works in Silicon Valley.
It seems so distant to a teenager in Britain. We need to make women in the UK in technology roles more accessible and demonstrate the variety of people and the variety of what we do.
— Emma McGuigan, UK and Ireland managing director of technology, Accenture
This is changing as Britain’s top female talent become more engaged with girls and young women.
The support structures and the role models just haven’t been there over the past 10 or 15 years. We are seeing a change in that as there are some amazing chief information officers in the UK who are offering great support as role models in the industry.
— Eileen O’Mara, vice-president of sales for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Salesforce.com
Become An Engineer.
— Emma Watson, Actress and Ambassador for UN Women, HeForShe campaigner

Networking is absolutely key to creating a supportive network within any industry.
— Sheila Flavell, COO and Co-founder of FDM Group

I say to women you can have it all but it’s tough. If you want to have it all, think big. Most people think too small, both men and women, both think about that next job or next role or whatever.... Think big, dream big, if you have it in your mind it’s more likely to happen. You won’t recognise opportunity if you think small.
— Uschi Schreiber, EY’s chair of the global accounts committee

When I look in the mirror, I often see my eyebrows raised up. And lots of people have told me that when I talk about science or engineering my eyebrows go up, so all my passion and energy goes straight in there!
So I see that, but I also see someone who wants to do something worthwhile, that wants to change something, make some kind of little ripple in the world.
For me, that’s all about getting more women to do engineering.
— Roma Agrawal, Structural Engineer at WSP and has designed bridges, sculptures and skyscrapers – most notably London’s Shard. Roma is an amazing advocate for getting girls interested in STEM subjects and careers. http://whatiseeproject.com/showcase/roma-agrawal/

It’s about how can we bring advances in technology to effect change in the business. Many people don’t realise how creative you can be with technology.
— Emma McGuigan, UK and Ireland managing director of technology, Accenture

It is important to give aspiring female chief information officers fully rounded role models and to demonstrate that it is possible to hold a senior IT role while also having a family life.
If people think all I do is work day and night and never see my children, that’s not a role model anybody wants.
It is important to be able to demonstrate that it is possible to be successful, to be in this position, and to have a family life as well as a work life.
— Angela Morrison, chief information officer, Direct Line

A ship in port is safe, but that is not what ships are for. Sail out to sea and do new things.
— Grace Hopper, a Developer and a US Navy Rear Admiral was one of the most influential women in the history of Computer Science. She became a pioneer in the field of programming, through her years of dedication to developing programming languages which are still in use today.
Women shouldn’t be afraid to put themselves forward.
To be a woman means difficult choices… and to sacrifice.
— Sarah Wood, COO, UK based Unruly Media Sarah worked in academia until she turned her hand to business in 2006.
If you have a daughter, she should go be an engineer.
— Meg Whitman, President and CEO, Hewlett-Packard
Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.
— Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook
What we need in IT is not lots of technical skills but people who are good at influencing, at analysing, at understanding business problems and then can apply the right IT solution.
— Susan Cooklin, chief information officer, Network Rail
I was asked by a man at a dinner what it felt like to be a female chief executive,” she says, sporting a frown.
“I told him I didn’t know what it felt like to be a male one.” Coutu isn’t a fan of the debate about men versus women in business.
”If you’re good, you’re good, no matter what gender you are.
— Sherry Coutu, Investor and Entrepreneur
Be always learning. You’ll never know if you can do it or not unless you give it a go.
— Kathryn Parsons, CEO, Decoded
The ‘typical’ digital executive is changing – and they’re just as likely to wear heels as a hoody.
— Murad Ahmed on the top 25 women in tech (Sunday Times)