02/11/2014 04:34 pm ET Updated Feb 11, 2014

How Google's Megan Smith Is Helping Women In Tech, One Story At A Time

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FORTUNE – As innovative as Silicon Valley may be -- churning out fresh ideas, products, and services --when it comes to giving credit where it's due, women generally remain woefully under-recognized.

It's not overt sexism, so much as unconscious bias on the part of some people now, explains Megan Smith, vice president of Google X, the futuristic research lab developing not-so-secret projects like self-driving cars, Google Glass, the wearable computing device worn like eyewear, or Project Loon, a breathtakingly ambitious plan to bring 3G-level Internet connectivity to millions via thousands of solar-powered, high-pressure balloons navigating through Earth's stratosphere. Smith is one of over 50 women and men speaking at The MAKERS Conference this week, part of a larger initiative to tell women's stories.

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