When technology behemoth IBM named Virginia "Ginni" Rometty, 54, its new CEO, it was hailed as a landmark for women in tech, an industry notorious for its Gorilla Glass ceiling. Starting out at as a 24-year-old systems engineer, Rometty now joins Meg Whitman (CEO of Hewlett-Packard) and Ursula Burns (CEO of Xerox) to complete a female Fortune 500 holy tech trinity.
More women than ever before are taking names in tech. There's Facebook's COO Sheryl Sandberg; Google's Marissa Mayer and Susan Wojcicki; HTC's founder Cher Wang; Oracle's President Safra Catz; Flickr founder Caterina Fake; Twitter's VP Katie Stanton; Carol Bartz, the former CEO of Yahoo!; and rising stars like Ory Okolloh, co-creator of Kenyan startups Mzalendo and Ushahidi, and LOLapps' co-founder Annie Chang.