Meet StateScoop’s inaugural list of the Top Women in Technology for 2017 — an elite group of the women across the state and local government community who are infrequently recognized, but constantly working to improve government and the lives of those governed.
From Amy Tong’s reflection on taking the helm as the chief information officer for the state of California, to Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s technology-fueled efforts to drive change in the nation’s capital, women in technology from around the country are leaving their mark.
We also look at industry leaders like Kim Majerus, who despite only being on board at Amazon Web Services for a few months, is pushing the cloud giant’s business forward as it reaches state and local agencies that are modernizing how government works.
Our editorial team spoke to information technology leaders and influencers across the country, drew from past research and reporting, and worked alongside the community’s leading government technology trade associations to develop the list of women featured here.
The list below is not exhaustive — there were too many incredible women leaders across the government IT realm to feature them all — but those found below are among the most hard-working, driven, creative, inspiring and insightful women working in their chosen sector. Together, they propel an emerging movement of excellence in government leadership and growing interest and participation in technology by women.
Though there’s still a long way to go — the National Center for Women in Technology reported that women only comprise just 25 percent of professional computing occupations. And though women are better represented in the government workforce than the private sector, leadership positions still tend to be dominated by men. As of March 1, only six women hold state chief information officer roles across all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Continue on to read brief profiles on our winners. They shared their accomplishments, dreams, worries, aspirations and advice for other women and men working in their field. The interviews that accompany each profile reveal a remarkable trend of leaders who are showcasing a commitment to public service and tireless self-sacrifice that can scarcely be found elsewhere.
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