While nine out of 10 Britons have heard of Bill Gates, 72 per cent claimed not to recognise any women working for some of the world’s biggest tech companies
Nearly three quarters of the British public struggle to recognise any of the tech industry’s most prominent female figures, new research has found.
Just over 70 per cent of adults questioned by security company McAfee did not recognise the names of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, founder of lastminute.com Martha Lane-Fox, or Marissa Mayer, Google ’s first female engineer and now Yahoo CEO.
Women were less likely to have heard of the high-profile female figures, with 77 per cent having not heard of any of them, compared to 66 per cent of men.
Meanwhile, 90 per cent of the 4,000 individuals had heard of Bill Gates, 78 per cent recognised the name of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and 70 per cent were familiar with the late Steve Jobs of Apple .
The research was conducted to recognise the achievements of the 7,500 or so women who worked at Bletchley Park deciphering and decoding encrypted messages and ciphers during World War II – some 75 per cent of the site’s workforce.
Samantha Humphries-Swift, McAfee labs manager, said: “Women have always played an important role in the growth and development of the technology industry. Thousands of women famously worked tirelessly to break German codes and ciphers at Bletchley Park during World War II.
“At the forefront of the genesis of cyber security as we know it today, these women were the original female role models of modern computing. It’s this history, combined with the leaders in technology today that should serve to inspire current and future generations of both men and women into the world of IT.”