Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that AI is absolutely everywhere these days. In fact, artificial intelligence is almost a 200 billion dollar sector… and that’s set to quadruple by 2030 🤯

But did you know that women only take up 20% of technical roles in these major machine-learning companies? 😱

The potential of AI is endless, which is just one of the many reasons why it’s so crucial that we make sure women are represented in AI accordingly. Let’s shine a spotlight on some amazing women already in the AI sphere 🔦and why it’s so important that more of us join this life-changing industry. 

According to recent data, women represent only 20% of the employees in technical roles in major machine-learning companies across the globe. And the statistics don’t end there:

👉Women only make up 12% of all AI researchers
👉Just 6% of all professional software developers are women
👉Only 18% of authors at leading AI conferences are women
👉Less than 20% of AI professors are women

But these numbers don’t just reflect the gender disparity within AI—they’re also evidence of why we’re experiencing negative impacts in AI tools themselves. With little diversity in the teams developing machine learning algorithms, we see biases and inequality almost everywhere

One of the most concerning examples of this is with language learning models like ChatGPT, with instances of degrading, harmful stereotypes being associated with women, as well as returning homophobic attitudes and racial stereotypes in its responses 😡 

🔍…and the women already in AI are not getting the visibility they deserve

As always, it’s not that there are no women in the field. In fact, there are many out there, and they’re achieving some MAJOR milestones. So, why haven’t we heard of them? 🤷‍♀️

Simply put, women aren’t getting any recognition. And even big media isn’t helping. Here’s an article from The New York Times on the top profiles in AI… not a woman in sight. 👀

🔦Let’s give women the spotlight: female achievements in AI 

We think it’s time for women in AI to get the spotlight they deserve! Here are some resources you can use to learn more about the inspiring women in AI! 👇

🤖TechCrunch’s Women in AI series: TechCrunch has created a special series dedicated to interviewing some of the top female voices within the field of AI. Here are some of our favorites!

🤖AI Magazine: Discover the Top 10 series from AI Magazine, celebrating the top women in AI

🤖 Medium: Find a range of articles written by and about women in AI. We recommend starting with this one from Séphora Bemba, which highlights profiles of key women players in AI, such as Mira Murati or Daphne Koller. 

By making a concious effort to shed more light on the amazing women in AI, we’re not only giving them the recognition they really deserve, but we’re actually inspiring more and more women to enter the AI field. With more shared stories and learning opportunities, we can tackle this disparity in AI and remove biases from these life-changing tools 🙌 

AI isn’t going anywhere, and neither is the incredible potential women can provide for the future of it! 🤩With that being said, check out our newly launched AI course page for exciting opportunities! 🚀🤫