From Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg to Apple’s Angela Ahrendts, powerful women from 25 different countries are featured in Abosch’s series. He came up with the idea after he saw data from CoderDojo, a company that teaches children how to code.
“[I was] looking at the data and you had all these kids — it was 50/50 boys and girls — until age 11. And then, 99% of the girls drop off. It was so freaky, it was shocking,” he told Business Insider. “I never looked at my portraits of women in technology the same way after that.”
The underrepresentation of women in tech is an issue that many companies — including Uber, Facebook, Apple, and Google — have tried to address in recent years.
Below, see 10 portraits from the series.
The series of work is currently on display at the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center in San Francisco. Pictured here is Julia Hartz, founder and CEO of Eventbrite.
“You can’t be what you can’t see,” Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, said in a statement about Absoch’s show. “This exhibit is important for girls and young women so they know Computer Science and STEM is for them. It’s exciting to be a part of this effort to share images that will hopefully inspire others to get involved in our industry and bring more gender equality to tech.”
Not all of the women included in the series work at tech companies. Joanna Coles, for example, is the chief content officer at Hearst. “A lot of people are behind the scenes of tech. Coles from Hearst, her job is using technology now to drive their business. Everything is digital now, and she’s in charge of that,” Abosch said.