Forces of Change: Women in Blockchain

[Editor’s Pick] Most Influential Women in the Blockchain Industry

The disparity in involvement by gender has plagued the blockchain and crypto space. However, this seems to be changing, albeit gradually. In 2018, of the total number of people engaged in the Bitcoin community, only a little over 5 percent were women. Today, this number lies at 12.28 percent.

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(Source: Google Analytics)

While this is still low compared to the tech sector (where women hold 20 percent of total jobs in the industry), the industry is working to tackle gender inequality and make the industry more inclusive.

According to a 2019 Grayscale report, an overwhelming majority (93 percent) of women said they would be open to investing in digital assets if they had increased access to educational resources. In fact, although women lack familiarity with Bitcoin, 47 percent of female investors feel a strong sense of urgency about it and agree that now is the right time to invest.

Leaders are working to create more awareness and education to attract more women to the industry, and help risk-averse women understand the opportunity and potential of cryptocurrencies and blockchain tech.

Many qualities of digital currencies resonate with women, and comprehensive awareness campaigns can help highlight these. For instance, because there is no minimum required amount of investment in Bitcoin, investors can freely invest as much or as little as they want and still benefit from whatever they can afford.

investment in Bitcoin
(Source: Grayscale)

Well-designed and proficient awareness or educational campaigns can help harness the interest that women have in the digital asset class and channel it to increase the adoption of cryptocurrencies.

Therefore, the Bitcoin space is gradually becoming less male-dominated. Multiple events (like Mogul’s ‘Women in Crypto’) and organizations (such as the Women in Blockchain Foundation) are pushing to get more women involved in the sector.

Such events have had a significant impact. Several female trailblazers have emerged as leaders in the space – they are spearheading innovation and education efforts, playing at the forefront of shaping the industry, and establishing themselves as leaders in unprecedented ways.

Here are some of our picks for leading women in the crypto and blockchain space:

Alisa BerezutskaAmber BaldetArianna Simpson Caitlin Long Dr. Sally Eaves Elizabeth Stark Eloisa Marchesoni Helen Hai

Jalak Jobanputra Perianne Boring Roya Mahboob Sandra Ro Sheila Warren Shermin Voshmgir

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The crypto industry is booming, and women are growing along with it. The women listed above represent top thought leaders in the crypto space and have had a significant impact in moving the industry forward. They are pushing the envelope and evolving into agenda-setters in a mostly male-dominated field.

Whatever their field maybe – entrepreneurs, tech experts, policymakers, media personalities, social workers, or investors – these women made great strides in promoting the adoption of blockchain and crypto for social impact. Their exceptional work has inspired others in the field to empower others using blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies.

Though they may be few in number, female crypto leaders are outshining their male counterparts. On this women’s day, we celebrate their excellence and their flight as they soared to break the glass ceiling.

Mahima Duggal

Mahima Duggal has completed her MA in International Security from the University of Warwick (UK) with distinction. She also holds a BSc (2:1 Honours) in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She is a trained journalist who has completed an undergraduate degree in journalism and public relations from the University of Newcastle in Australia. Mahima's research interests involve technology, cyber security, human rights and international development. She follows all things crypto and strongly promotes the use of blockchain technology for social change.

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