Top women in STEM deliver 10 quotes of 2014

3 Jan 2015

“In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders,” according to Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. To kick off 2015 in line with Sandberg’s statements, following are notable words from her fellow leaders in STEM.

The women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) quoted below have all featured on this past year, be it in stories about their careers, keynote addresses delivered at events, or more general news.

What they all have in common is that they have worked to reach the success they have attainted today, and thus we aim to inspire and motivate you – or just provide you with food for thought – with their words as a new year begins.

Nobel prize winner Malala challenges girls to do an hour of coding

“Every girl deserves to take part in creating the technology that will change our world and change who runs it.”

Malala Yousefzai, co-winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize


Fujitsu Ireland CEO to focus on women during Engineers Ireland presidency

“It’s a passport to the world. Engineering is that base qualification that can take you anywhere.”

Regina Moran, CEO of Fujitsu Ireland and president of Engineers Ireland

Answering medical queries should be as easy as catching an Uber cab, says Remedy CEO

“The reason why young people are getting into things isn’t because they want to make a lot of money but because they want to solve really big problems.”

Noor Siddiqui, co-founder and CEO of Remedy

Robotics making slow but sure advance into homes and farms

“Ask what do you want now, to free yourself from thinking about the limitations of the technology and let your imagination take you to what things do you want to have done, what problems do you want to solve.”

Andra Keay, managing director, Silicon Valley Robotics

Inclusivity can bear more answers to world problems - Madi Sharma

“If we don’t include everybody in the policy-making, in looking for new ideas, in innovation and research, we are missing out on solving the world’s problems with a different kind of thinking.”

Madi Sharma, founder of Madi Group

Astia's Vosmek tells Women Invent Meet-up: Firms need women because innovation needs women

“You really need to stop having people try to fix you through programmes and mentoring and all this stuff. You are ready now. Now is your time and this is your call to action.”

Sharon Vosmek, CEO of Astia

Eventbrite's Julia Hartz: Clear vision for product vital to starting a business (videos)

“You have to realise how important it is to put yourself out there as there are so many women who are badass but they don’t want to deal with criticism and the downside of being in the public life and being a role model.”

Julia Hartz, president and co-founder of Eventbrite

The interview: Niamh Bushnell, Dublin's new start-up commissioner

“If you have a vision and you are able to pronounce that vision clearly and consistently you have a fighting chance.”

Niamh Bushnell, Dublin’s start-up commissioner

Irish centre takes a wider look at technology, security and society

“I would encourage (men) to make a stand and not attend or agree to speak at conferences where there has been no attempt to include women speakers.”

Sadhbh McCarthy, director, The Centre for Irish and European Security

Irishwoman turning a new page in the future of books

“I would love to see a reduction in the fear of digital technology in publishing. I think it’s improving, people are starting to see that digital and traditional publishing can co-exist happily and even benefit each other.”

Alice Ryan, conference and community manager, The Bookseller

Women Invent Tomorrow is Silicon Republic’s campaign to champion the role of women in science, technology, engineering and maths. It has been running since March 2013, and is kindly supported by Accenture Ireland, Intel, the Irish Research Council, ESB, Twitter, CoderDojo and Science Foundation Ireland.

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Tina Costanza was a journalist and sub-editor at Silicon Republic