10/31/2011 12:25 pm ET | Updated Dec 31, 2011

Women In Tech: Why Is There No Female Steve Jobs?

When technology behemoth IBM named Virginia "Ginni" Rometty, 54, its new CEO, it was hailed as a landmark for women in tech, an industry notorious for its Gorilla Glass ceiling. Starting out at as a 24-year-old systems engineer, Rometty now joins Meg Whitman (CEO of Hewlett-Packard) and Ursula Burns (CEO of Xerox) to complete a female Fortune 500 holy tech trinity.

More women than ever before are taking names in tech. There's Facebook's COO Sheryl Sandberg, Marissa Mayer and Susan Wojcicki of Google, HTC founder Cher Wang, Oracle's president Safra Catz, Flickr founder Caterina Fake, VP of Twitter Katie Stanton, Carol Bartz, the former CEO of Yahoo!, and rising stars like Ory Okolloh, co-creator of Kenyan start-ups Mzalendo and Ushahidi, and LOLapps' cofounder Annie Chang.

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