5. Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook
Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, speaks at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference in Half Moon Bay, California, July 22, 2008.
Sheryl Sandberg is now Facebook's chief operating officer, but previously she's held positions and Google and the World Bank. With an academic background that includes a Harvard MBA, Sandberg has also been an outspoken advocate of women in leadership, including speaking on the topic at a recent TED conference.
"We still have a problem, and it's a real problem," she told conference attendees late last year. "Women are not making it to the top of any profession anywhere in the world."
There are, of course, countless other women who contribute to IT and make the industry better every day, despite the challenges they still face. But in the spirit of International Women's Day, I believe the five listed above provide an excellent source of inspiration for female geeks the world over.
This story, "5 women leaders who are shaping IT" was originally published by PCWorld.