Last February The Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator posted a list of ‘23 Women Leading the World of Fashion Technology’ and unexpectedly I’m in, together with some of my friends and colleagues like Meg Grant, Liza Stark, Lara Grant, Kate Hartman, Ebru Kurbak, Kristi Kuusk, Irene Posch, Hannah Perner-Wilson and Mika Satomi.
For sure the people in the list I know are teaching, experimenting, exploring in very promising fields and are mostly interested in the empowerment of people and sustainability of solutions rather then immediate commercial outcome and that’s probably the reason why many women are still underrepresented.
Despite progress, women are still underrepresented in the technology sector, but growing in the fashion technology space. 2017 was actually the first time in over a decade that the World Economic Forum Global Gender Gap Report found that the gender gap had widened instead of getting smaller.
When we look at the work of women in tech, and in this particular case, technology and fashion, it’s clear that they are an integral part of moving us forward. We have rounded up a list of women who have made serious contributions to the world of smart textiles and the integration of textiles and technology; without the work of these women, the industry wouldn’t be where it is today.
We look forward to watching these women in the coming years, and all of the women who are inspired to follow in their footsteps.