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Be One of These Powerful Women for Halloween!
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Check out these 10  powerful women and dress up like one of them this year for Halloween! You can be a world leader! Who else should we add to this list?

1. Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany

2. Wonder Woman, Fabulous Character of a Number One Movie in the World

3. Melinda Gates, Co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

4. Malala, Teen Gunshot Victim, Noble Peace Prize Winner, International Role Model

5. Jill Abramson, Executive Editor, The New York Times

6. Sonia Gandhi, President, Indian National Congress Party

7. Michelle Obama, Former US First Lady

8. Christine Lagarde, Head of International Monetary Fund

9. Janet Napolitano, US Secretary of Homeland Security

10. Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook

Or just decorate your shoes with glitter and glue and call yourself a fashion designer!

Who else should we add? What are YOU dressing up as this year for Halloween?

 

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May is All About Today in History
First African American Woman to be named Consulant in Poetry

Welcome to Today in History May!

Each day of May, we’ll be taking a look at something historical that a woman has done. Why? Because, when we learn about the cool things women have done in our history, we get inspired. We see what WE can do. We understand that we are changing the world, every day.

Know of some cool woman who did something that you admire? Share it right here!

Here’s our first, Today in History story:

On May 1, 1950 – Gwendolyn Brooks became the first African-American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, named Library of Congress’s Consultant in Poetry. Today they call people who earn this distinction a Poet Laureate. There have been 5 female poets laureate and 16 male poets laureate. Prior to 1985, they were called consultants in poetry and there were 6 female consultants in poetry by 1985 and 23 male consultants in poetry.

Gwendolyn inspired readers to think about what it really means to support human rights and the dignity of each human life. Her point of view resonates with us today. We, as a group of people on this planet, still seem to struggle with the idea of basic, human rights.

The first woman consultant in poetry was  Louise Bogan, who held the post from 1945 to 1946.

 Louise Bogan, 1945 to 1946

Louise Bogan, 1945 to 1946

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31 of 31 Engineers Like You: Meet Lili Cheng
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Number 31: Microsoft’s Lili Cheng

No. 31: Microsoft's Lili Cheng

It’s something we all love to do: dream big dreams of our futures. That is what Lili Cheng did as a little girl and now she is a distinguished engineer in Microsoft’s AI & Research division. Cheng is a 20-year Microsoft veteran currently working on smart, conversational bots (the Microsoft Bot Framework). In other words, Microsoft has no intention of ceding the voice interface market to Amazon Alexa, and Cheng is charged with making that so.

And, she helped organize a two-day gathering of all things bot in New York known as Botness. And before all that, she was the director of user experience for Microsoft Windows.

Internally, she’s known as the person behind Kodu Game Lab, a game for teaching kids programming, created seven years ago.

Thank you for these 31 great examples of big dreamers, big learners and big doers, Business Insider! Here’s to an inspiration month of learning about Engineers Like You! Thanks!!!

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30 of 31 Engineers Like You: Meet Joyce Tung
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Number 30: 23andMe’s Joyce Tung

No. 30: 23andMe's Joyce Tung

When she was just a little girl she dreamed of her own success, just like you. And now, Joyce Tung, is vice president of research at 23andMe.

She studied and received her PhD is in biology and genetics and has a minor in computer science. So she is actually not an engineer. But she is a key player at the company that pioneered home genetic tests. Business professionals expect this to become a $10 billion industry by 2020. That’s a huge deal! This new kind of work is going to have a huge impact on how people understand their ancestry and their bodies.

Tung is leading a team of scientists responsible for the company’s research services that is beginning to influence everything from clinical treatment and drug development to insights into human development.

Thank you, Business Insider, for this amazing resource of role model engineers!

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29 of 31 Engineers Like You: Meet Bear Douglas
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Number 29: Slack’s Bear Douglas

No. 29: Slack's Bear Douglas

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Bear Douglas is the Developer Advocacy Lead at Slack.

Douglas just joined Slack from Twitter to help it serve and attract developers. There are already hundreds of apps that integrate with Slack but Slack is so serious about this area, it is investing in Slack-based startups.

Douglas is well-known from her time in this same role Twitter. (And Twitter poached her from doing the same job at Facebook.)

Twitter offered a service called Fabric, a tool that helps them improve their apps. She helped convince 580,000 developers to use Fabric. Twitter just sold it to Google in January.

Although her background is in anthropology, archaeologic and economics by education, she was a kid coder who self-taught herself mobile apps and has earned the respect of the dev community.

Thank you, Business Insider, for introducing these world class engineers to us!

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28 of 31 Engineers Like You: Meet Raji Arasu
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Number 28: Intuit’s Raji Arasu

No. 28: Intuit's Raji Arasu

When she was a little girl, she had big dreams. She was just like you. Now, Raji Arasu, is Intuit’s senior vice president of Platform and Services where she’s responsible for a global organization. Her task is to support developers and third-parties who build products that tie into Intuit’s core products. She’s the former  CTO for StubHub who earned her stripes at Oracle and eBay early in her career.

She’s also an advisory board member of Code.org, a non-profit dedicated toward training more people to code, particularly women and minorities.  And she’s on the board of federal tech service provider NIC.

Thank you, Business Insider, for helping us get to know these global superstar engineers!

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27 of 31 Engineers Like You: Meet Deb Liu
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Number 27: Facebook’s Deb Liu

No. 27: Facebook's Deb Liu

Big dreams can come true. Deb Liu was a little girl who had big dreams and now she is the vice president of Platform & Marketplace at Facebook. She runs product management and engineering for Facebook’s developer and commerce businesses. She manages all kinds of products that help make money on Facebook.

For instance, she led Facebook’s games business, manages the payments platform, led the business unit’s first mobile ad product and she collected a handful of patents along the way.

She also serves on the board of a nonprofit that encourages girls to enter STEM careers, Expanding Your Horizons Network, and, last year, co-created the networking organization Women in Product.

Thank you Business Insider for this incredible resource for getting to know world class engineers!

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26 of 31 Engineers Like You: Meet Melody Meckfessel
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Number 26: Google’s Melody Meckfessel

No. 26: Google's  Melody Meckfessel

When you dream it’s wonderful to see how you can make those dreams come true. Melody Meckfessel was once just like you and now is the senior engineering director at Google’s Cloud Platform. In 2013, before Google got into the cloud business in a big a way, Wired named her as the woman who was “at the heart of everything Google builds.”  That year, she took on the role she has today, leading Developer Tools and Signals for Google’s Cloud Platform and its engineering teams.

These are the tools that will convince programmers to choose Google’s cloud for their apps, starting with Google’s own internal crop of the thousands of programmers.

Thank you, Business Insider, for introducing us to these phenomenal engineers!

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25 of 31 Engineers Like You: Meet Kate Bergeron
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Number 25: Apple’s Kate Bergeron

No. 25: Apple's Kate Bergeron

Dreams, education and hard work are the stepping stones for great success, right? It’s what you do, too, right? Well then, you are just like Kate Bergeron, who is proof that it works. She is vice president, hardware engineering at Apple. Bergeron is a key player on the team that develops Mac accessories, like its mouse and its keyboards.

She’s part of the Apple design labs known as the Input Design Lab, which has worked on items like Retina displays, rechargeable input devices, a force touch trackpad and so on, Backchannel’s Steven Levy reported in 2015.

She’s been at Apple since 2002, working her way up from a senior engineer role.

Thank you, Business Insider, for this great list of engineers!

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24 of 31 Engineers Like You: Meet Myra Haggerty
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Number 24: Apple’s Myra Haggerty

No. 24: Apple's Myra Haggerty

If you are like Myra Haggerty, you have big dreams. And if you work hard, you can be like her, and become vice president of a great company. Haggerty leads sensor software and UX prototyping at Apple. Maybe you’ll work at Apple one day, too! And if you like all the ways Apple devices respond to touch input, from the fingerprint sensor to multi-touch controls, you can thank Haggerty and her team. She’s virtually never in the limelight, rarely speaks at conferences or the like, even though she’s been at Apple for 23 years and has been part of multiple patents. Her work has influenced everything from the Mac to the iPhone. She’s a superstar and it all started when she had big dreams as a little girl, just like you.

Thank you, Business Insider, for this incredible list of engineers!
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