Tech hasn't always been the most welcoming industry for people of color, especially women. Companies are now spending as much as $16 billion on diversity programs in an effort to change this.
Despite diversity and inclusion initiatives not being 100% successful, Black women, have continued to push through and break barriers to create more opportunities for those who will follow them.
Here are 20 Black women disrupting the tech industry with the products, communities and expertise they bring to the table:
Angel Rich - Founder of Credit Stacker app
Saron Yitbarek - Founder of Code Newbies
Safia Abdalla - Software engineer, founder of Zarf.co
Dara Oke - Software engineer
Lateesha Thomas - Program manager at Google and Women Techmakers
Annyce Davis - Android developer
Kimberly Bryant - Founder of Black Girls Code
Morgan DeBaun - Founder of Blavity
Kathryn Finney - Founder of Digital Undivided
Tiffani Ashley Bell - YCombinator alum, founder of The Human Utility
Byllie Bodie - Network engineer
Camille Eddy - Mechanical Engineer at X, Robotics
Aisha Bowe - CEO of STEM Board, Aerospace Engineer
Erica Joy - Senior Engineering Manager at Patreon
Shanise Barona - Full stack web developer, Co-Organizer of Ela Conference
Janel Martinez - Co-founder of 2020 Shift
Christina Morillo - Information Security Engineer at Microsoft
Valeisha Butterfield Jones - Head of Black Community Engagement at Google, CEO of WEEN
Courteney Ervin - Web developer at NY Public Library
Bria Sullivan - Engineer at Google
Who are some other women killing it in the tech industry?