Breaking Boundaries: Women at the Forefront of STEM

<This is a guest post by Lena Heller>

Men have traditionally held the majority of positions in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). But over time, women have been pushing boundaries and achieving important advancements in the industry. In numerous STEM disciplines, including medical, engineering, and computer science, women are now making ground-breaking advances. These female role models are paving the way and demonstrating that gender should never be a hindrance to seeking a profession in STEM. Some of the ladies who are leading the way in STEM are highlighted and celebrated in this article.

Dr. Jane C. Wright blazed new paths in the medical industry. Dr. Wright, who was born in 1919, was the first African American woman to complete medical school. She was also the first woman to hold the position of department director at a renowned cancer study institute. Dr. Wright was a pioneer in cancer chemotherapy, and thanks to her efforts, numerous lives have been spared by medicines. Dr. Patricia Bath is another lady who has made a major impact on medicine. The first African American woman to be granted a patent for a medicinal innovation was Dr. Bath. She invented a technique for removing cataracts with a laser, which transformed eye surgery. In the area of telemedicine, which employs technology to deliver healthcare to patients in distant locations, Dr. Bath was a pioneer.

Another profession that has historically been controlled by males is engineering. But female pioneers in this area, like Dr. Mae Jemison, are dismantling stereotypes and establishing themselves. The first African American lady to hold the position of astronaut was Dr. Jemison. She is an architect and a doctor as well. Many young women have been motivated to seek STEM professions by Dr. Jemison’s ground-breaking accomplishments. Dr. Ayanna Howard is another lady who has distinguished herself in engineering.

Roboticist Dr. Howard has contributed to numerous NASA projects. She teaches automation at the Georgia Institute of Technology as well. The goal of Dr. Howard’s study is to create robots that can communicate with people more naturally. Her work has the ability to completely change how we deal with robots on a regular basis.

Computing Science
Another field where women are making substantial progress is computer science. Computer science was pioneered by Dr. Grace Hopper. She created the first translator, a software that converts computer code into commands that are understandable by machines. Modern computer languages are a direct result of Dr. Hopper’s efforts. Additionally, she was the first female recipient of the National Medal of Technology. Dr. Fei-Fei Li is another lady who has made a major impact on computer science.

Dr. Li is an expert in artificial intelligence and a computer physicist. (AI). She has worked on numerous AI initiatives, including the creation of ImageNet, a collection of millions of labeled pictures that has been used to train AI models. She is the co-director of the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered AI. The work of Dr. Li has the ability to change a number of sectors, including healthcare and transit.

Obstacles for women in STEM
Even though women have made great strides in STEM fields, they still encounter numerous obstacles. The lack of participation is one of the greatest issues. Young girls who are interested in a future in STEM may be discouraged by the fact that women are still overwhelmingly lacking in these disciplines. Women only make up 28% of the STEM field, according to a National Science Foundation study. The gender wage disparity is one more issue that women deal with. Even when they have the same credentials and expertise, women in STEM areas frequently receive lower pay than their male peers. This can hinder women’s professional advancement and serve as a dissuader for women who are thinking about a future in STEM.

The absence of mentoring and assistance is another problem that women in STEM must deal with. Many women claim to feel alone in their jobs and to have no access to mentors who can help them negotiate the difficulties of their profession. As a result, women may find it challenging to progress in their jobs and may have fewer chances for development and advancement. Finally, prejudice and discrimination against women in STEM fields is a problem. Being regarded seriously in the workplace can be challenging for women because they are frequently the target of assumptions and biases. Women tech jobs frequently face particular difficulties like discrimination on the basis of their gender, color, or nationality.

Getting past the obstacles
Despite the difficulties that women in STEM experience, there are methods to get around them and foster a more welcoming and encouraging atmosphere for them. Increasing chances for mentoring and assistance is one strategy. Women are more likely to thrive in their jobs and feel more encouraged at work if they have access to mentors and sponsors. More networking and collaboration possibilities are one more method to encourage variety and equality in STEM. We can help to create a community of support and inspiration for women in STEM disciplines by putting them in touch with one another.

This can serve to lower barriers and advance diversity in the industry.

Promoting knowledge and instruction about the value of variety and inclusion in STEM fields is also crucial. We can inspire more people to move and work toward fostering a more inclusive and supportive atmosphere for all by bringing attention to the problems that women experience in the workplace.

In conclusion, women have made important advancements to STEM disciplines, but they still struggle with issues like bias, mentoring, and inclusion. To build a more equitable and creative future, it is crucial to address these issues and promote variety and equality in STEM disciplines.


Finding Confidence and Mentoring: Speaking Skills for Women in Tech

<This is a guest post by Lena Heller>

Women today have made significant progress in the technology sector by removing barriers and dispelling preconceptions. Nevertheless, despite advancements, women in technology continue to confront particular difficulties when it comes to speaking and presenting. This piece will examine these difficulties and provide guidance on how women in technology may receive more recognition by honing their presentation skills, gaining confidence, and finding mentoring.


A major issue is the dearth of mentoring for women in technology. Women are 24% less likely than males to have a sponsor, and they are also less likely to get guidance from top executives, according to data from When it comes to developing their public speaking and presenting abilities, women in technology may find this lack of mentoring to be particularly challenging.

It may be quite beneficial to have a mentor who can offer advice and criticism on presentational techniques. A mentor may offer guidance on how to develop, give suggestions on how to attract an audience, and offer calming techniques. A mentor can also aid in boosting confidence by providing assistance and inspiration.


The value of community is one viewpoint to take into account. Women in technology may create encouraging networks that assist them as they develop their public speaking and presenting abilities.

Joining organizations like Women Who Code, Women in Tech, or Tech Ladies can open doors for networking with other women working in the field, sharing experiences, and exchanging knowledge.


Women m technology might have felt a dearth of opportunities and inclusion in conference lineups and speakers lists. As that improves and events become more and more aware of the need to be inclusive of voices of different genders, races and nationalities, more avenues are opening up to present yourself in the best way possible and bring your voice to the forefront!

Self Confidence

When it comes to speaking and presenting, lack of confidence may be a significant obstacle for women in technology. Women may experience feelings of exclusion or a lack of value for their opinions, which can cause self-doubt and a fear of speaking up. Gaining confidence is essential to getting beyond these obstacles.

Honing Your Skills

There are many ways to hone your speaking and presenting skills as a woman in tech. Here are a few tips useful for anyone looking at speaking or presenting at an event:


Preparation is imperative increase confidence. Clarity on the subject matter and target audience may ease nervousness and boost self-assurance. Multiple rehearsals of the presentation might help you find areas that could use improvement and increase your confidence in how to deliver the material.

The viewpoint of the audience should also be taken into account. It’s possible that listeners for presentations by women in tech aren’t used to seeing women in technical jobs. This may result in unintentional biases that affect how the audience sees the presenter.


Speaking in low-pressure situations is one method to gain confidence. For instance, joining a local Toastmasters club may offer a secure setting to hone public speaking abilities and get feedback in an encouraging setting. Finding chances to speak in front of small groups, such as facilitating team meetings or giving a presentation at a meetup, may also assist with confidence and skill development.

Body Language

The significance of body language should also be taken into account when talking about speaking and presentation abilities for women in technology. The audience’s perception of the presenter and the message being conveyed can be greatly influenced by nonverbal clues. Women could use nonverbal cues like crossing their arms or avoiding eye contact that could be interpreted as meek or deferential, which might take away from their message.

Concentrate on using forceful and confident body language to get over these obstacles.

Stand tall, Make eye contact, and Make open motions.

Power postures, like the “Wonder Woman” with the feet shoulder-width apart and the hands on the hips, may also assist build confidence and exude authority.

Voice Modulation

The verbal delivery should also be considered. According to research, women’s voices are frequently assessed more severely than men’s, and they may face consequences if they speak up or use vocal fry. However, altering one’s voice patterns can be difficult, and women shouldn’t feel under pressure to adhere to societal expectations of speaking.

For instance, studies have shown that women frequently say things like “I think” or “maybe,” which might damage their credibility and authority.

To be heard loudly and confidently, practice projecting your voice.

Concentrate on utilizing your voice to exude excitement and love for their profession.

Speaking at a steady speed and utilizing different tones and inflections to emphasize points are some examples of how to do this.

Establish Credibility

When selecting a topic to speak, concentrate on establishing credibility via your competence and knowledge in that area.

Building trust and overcoming prejudices can be facilitated by meticulous planning and showing a solid mastery of the subject.

Women can also use their distinctive perspectives to contribute fresh viewpoints and methods.


Utilize narrative to enhance the impact of your presentations.

The use of stories may help make complex technical ideas more relevant, vivid, and emotionally engaging for the audience.


In conclusion, women in IT suffer particular difficulties when it comes to confidence, prejudice, and speaking and presenting skills. By concentrating on gaining confidence, utilizing distinctive perspectives, effectively using storytelling and body language, and finding allies and advocates, women can overcome these obstacles and succeed in public speaking. The industry can gain from the variety of viewpoints and knowledge that women in tech bring to the table by promoting and supporting them.

Finally, it’s critical to understand that speaking and presenting abilities are skills that may be improved in time with practice, support and mentorship. Early failures shouldn’t deter you! Concentrate on constant development and you will get there!

Good luck!

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This is a guest post by Lena Heller – Reach her at

My experience Speaking at the WomenTech Global Conference 2021

I had the amazing opportunity to speak at the amazing event that was the WomenTech Global Conference 2021 #WTGC2021. This was a huge event for women in tech, minorities and allies from all over the world

The best part of the event was the interactive platform featuring live ceremonies, keynotes, engaging panels, breakout rooms, country & chapter leader sessions, technical workshops, and networking with face-to-face sessions.

I presented a talk on 8th June, the second day of the conference which was themed as “Inspiration Day”

My talk was about “The Power of Tech Communities” where I discussed-

  • Realising the power of Tech Communities in professionals’ lives
  • Learning to participate, volunteer and contribute to Tech Communities
  • Learning how Tech Communities help Products take their brand forward
  • How can companies build such powerful user communities and leverage their power

I was glad my session had many listeners from all over the world who not only participated along with their comments in the chat, but also left some amazing feedback!

Me speaking at the WomenTech Global Conference – virtual event

Not only this, I was also chosen to moderate 2 very interesting Break-room discussions that were based on impromptu questions asked and voted by all participants. In these discussions, we were able to have informal open discussions, ask questions and share our personal experiences on the chosen topic.

I was able to participate in the week long event and hear many amazing speakers talk about a variety of topics relevant to the industry.

Through this event I was able to connect to many amazing people from all over the world and so many amazing women trying to make a positive impact in the world of tech! I hope to stay connected with this wonderful community for years to come.

A special thanks to Anna Radulovski who reached out to me on Linkedin and invited me to speak at this grand event. She conducted the event with so much passion and grace and kept the energy going throughout the week!

Proud to be a part of an amazing set of speakers!


Here is the link to a recording of my talk- You will need to create an account to access