While it's true that Silicon Valley's tech culture has caught some flak in the past over allegations of sexism and other related biases, it's quickly moving away from being a “man's world.”
There are quite a few badass female entrepreneurs out there who are making waves in the startup world.
From savvy marketers and businesswomen, to software engineering prodigies, women in a variety of careers and business roles are out there innovating, disrupting, and making a difference in the world.
But unfortunately, women have statistically struggled more than men to find success in entrepreneurship.
There are a lot of woman-owned businesses throughout the US, but few of them break the million-dollar mark when it comes to revenue.
With that said, there are also some incredibly inspiring success stories of women who have made it big.
Among them, these three women really stand out from the crowd.
They're an inspiration not only for women, but for entrepreneurs of any sex or gender.
1. Adriana Gascoigne
It's well known that women in STEM could use some extra support, and Gascoigne has been doing something about that since 2007.
As the founder of Girls in Tech, she’s invested her entire career into helping other women succeed in male-dominated industries by providing the help they need.
She also continues to serve as a Partner at Founders Den, was previously the VP of Marketing at RxMatch and has consulted for many other startups.
2. Melialani James
Hawaii is an amazing tourist location, but few think of it as a good place to found a startup.
That's going to change — and soon, if Melialani James has anything to do with it.
Now Head of New Ventures at Sultan Ventures, James has made it her mission to transform Hawaii into a tech center by recruiting great teams and building an impressive portfolio.
She also runs XLR8UH, which invests in tech transfer, proof-of-concept and commercialization opportunities through state university programs. Lastly, she serves as president of the Hawaiian Venture Capital Association, a group of local business members.
3. Joanne Wilson
As Founder of Gotham Gal Ventures and Co-founder of Women's Entrepreneurship Festival, Joanne Wilson simultaneously embodies grit, determination and fun.
She's constantly on the lookout for emerging trends (which she's had practice spotting since getting involved in the tech scene in the 90s dot-com boom), but she makes her final decisions on investments based on people, not ideas.
Whatever she's doing is working, though, because she's invested in nearly one hundred startups.
You can read about five more notable female entrepreneurs at Entrepreneur.
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