The blockchain community would seem to have a long way to go when it comes to gender diversity. For example, bitcoin, the cryptocurrency most often associated with blockchain technology, has a 90% male user base according to 2015 study. While this number may not sound encouraging for those hoping to find more women involved with the world’s leading form of cryptocurrency; it is actually an improvement.
A similar study back in 2013 showed that the user base was 96% male, suggesting that women are slowly coming around to Bitcoin and blockchain technology.
While there is clearly some work to be done before officially declaring that the blockchain community isn’t predominately a “man’s world;” there are still quite a few ladies who have made significant contributions to this relatively new form of technology.
With that in mind, here are 3 women that prove that blockchain technology isn’t just for men.
Blythe Masters: CEO of Digital Asset Holdings
Blythe Masters is an economist from the United Kingdom who previously served as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the United States largest bank, JPMorgan Chase.
However, these days she works as the CEO for a company called Digital Asset Holdings, where her primary focus is on trying to lead an industry-wide shift in the financial sector toward the use of blockchain technology. Her company is a major player in developing distributive ledger technology for the financial services industry. Master’s contributions have even prompted Fortune.com to call her the most powerful woman involved with blockchain technology.
Tiffany Hayden: Politician & Casheer Co-Founder
Detroit’s Tiffany Hayden is a co-founder of the website Casheer.net a site that delivers cross currency conversions instantly. Casheer makes it so that if a user desires to pay with bitcoin (for example) and a merchant only accepts US dollars, the payment will be instantly converted to the currency of the merchant’s preference.
The Detroit based crypto enthusiast sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 13th Congressional District of Michigan, as a libertarian candidate.
Hayden is both a political activist and a major player in the blockchain community.
Elizabeth Rosiello: BitPesa CEO
Elizabeth Rosiello is the co-founder and CEO of a company known as BitPesa.
The service was founded in Nairobi, Kenya back in 2013 and is focused on providing a way to allow users to make fast and low-cost transactions in bitcoin throughout various regions in Africa.
Despite having only been in existence for less than 4 years, BitPesa now has a presence in 6 different African countries.
Rosiello, who is a self-described feminist and Carmen Sandiego addict has become a successful entrepreneur in a relatively short span.
BitPesa’s existence serves as a reminder that blockchain technology is changing the way currency is being transacted throughout the world.
This list doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface in regards to the many women who have made major contributions in the blockchain community. If there is someone out there that you think should be featured on our site or that you would just like to learn a little bit more about than please let us know on Twitter @blockchainwtf, leave a comment on our Facebook page, or contact us through our website.