More than ever, women are breaking down barriers in fields that used to be, or still are, very much dominated by male employees. Even now, in 2018, women are in the minority when it comes to the worlds of business, technology, and sports, though many continue to work very hard to change that trend.
The Real Life Supergirl
You may have heard of a few indie movie series like The Avengers, Fantastic Four, and Captain America, and we have Victoria Alonso to help thank for their production efforts. Although the comic book scene, in general, is still very much a boys’ club, Alonso has more than earned her entry. Starting at the bottom as a production assistant, she now stands as one of the three head honchos at Marvel today. Her talent in the visual effects industry contributes to the large box office success the franchise claims each time they release a new installment.
Not a lot of people can say their book became required reading at Harvard Business School, but Clara Shih can. She literally wrote the book on social media marketing, The Facebook Era, and odds are, your workplace has a copy. She was the first to utilize Facebook for its marketing potential, and it paid off, big time. For businesses wanting to use Facebook to increase sales and grow their consumer base, you can thank Clara Shih for figuring out the best practices to do so.
A True WN-BA
Becky Hammon made sports history when she became an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs in August of 2014, making her the first full-time, salaried female coach in the NBA ever. If that’s not impressive enough, in 2015 Hammon, a WNBA legend, was inducted into the New York Liberty Ring of Honor and, in 2018, into the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame as a credit to her incredible talents on the court. Hammon later made history again as she became the first female head coach in the NBA’s Summer League after leading the Spurs to the title of League Champions in Last Vegas.
The Human Google
Back when the internet was still known as the ARPAnet (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network), Elizabeth “Jake” Feinler ran the human equivalent of Google, the “Network Information Center.” She and her team organized and tracked the white and yellow page of every existing domain. If you needed a web address or to register a new one, you needed Jake. Over time, Feinler helped the Stanford Research Institute transition to the Domain Name System and helped introduce domain naming protocol, which we still use today. Without Jake Feinler, the internet would be a very different place.