Get inspired to create with our round up of the best tech quotes from female industry leaders covering topics like failure, innovation, business advice, and more. Discover new female role models in the tech industry.
When there’s that moment of ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough. – Marissa Meyer, CEO Yahoo
If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on. – Sheryl Sandberg, COO Facebook
If we do not share our stories and shine a light on inequities, things will not change. – Ellen Pao, former interim CEO of Reddit
I don’t like the word ‘balance.’ To me, that somehow conjures up conflict between work and family… as long as we think of these things as conflicting, we will never have happiness. True happiness comes from integration… of work, family, self, community. – Padmasree Warrior, former CEO of Motorola & Cisco Systems, now CEO of NextEV US
Dreams do come true, but not without the help of others, a good education, a strong work ethic, and the courage to lean in. – Ursula Burns, CEO Xerox
At the end of the day, both men and women who become CEOs have showed tenacity and hard work to succeed in their careers. It takes not just skills but also extreme dedication and commitment. And regardless of gender, CEOs are measured by the same criteria – the growth and success of the business. – Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube
Someone once told me growth and comfort do not coexist. And I think it’s a really good thing to remember. – Ginni Rometty, CEO IBM
I wasn’t that cool in high school, either. – Amy Hood, CFO Microsoft
One of the biggest problems women have is they work really hard and put their heads down and assume hard work gets noticed. And hard work for the wrong boss does not get noticed. Hard work for the wrong boss results in one thing – that boss looks terrific, and you get stuck. – Ruth Porat, CFO Google
It is one of the most important parts of my job, showing that you can’t do it all. – Angela Ahrendts, former Burberry CEO current head of online sales at Apple
Most of us can’t even begin to imagine. – Meg Whitman, CEO HP
If you are in this business long enough, you hear about a thousand things that are going to kill you. Open source? Yeah, we are not dead yet. Cloud? That’s not new; it’s a new name. – Safra Catz, CEO Oracle
Author’s note: when I first put this list together I had chosen quotes by men. I then consciously added 3 quotes by women. My editor suggested, and rightly so, that we needed to make this about women. It was surprisingly difficult to find quotes by women in tech. Think that shows that we still have a way to go.