Women in the Blockchain Industry
Oddly enough, even in our time, you can hear the conclusions of some snobs that many professions are beyond women’s shoulders, and even more so in the world of financial technology. But this is far from being so. And we will prove it to you.
We have selected the stories of the best women in the blockchain field. Using these stories as an example, we will show how any woman, no matter where she is, can make a career in the crypto industry.
These are some of the best women in cryptocurrency working in various positions in numerous industries around the world.
And so, let’s start:
In the central South African country of Botswana, Alakanani Itireleng is known as the “Bitcoin Lady” – and for good reason!
Itireleng has been an activist in the bitcoin movement for almost a decade, raising awareness and providing education in the field of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. At the beginning of her career as a Bitcoin advocate, she taught religious studies to teenagers. At the same time, she studied for a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in the e-learning program of the Indian school of Amity University. In an interview with VICE in 2014 , she stated: “As for technology, I’m just self-taught.”
Over the years, Itireleng has been collecting Bitcoin donations through her blog for a local charity, SOS Children’s Villages, which cares for orphaned children. In addition, she campaigned for the Bank of Botswana to legalize Bitcoin as a legal tender.
Itireleng currently works as CEO of SatoshiCentre, a self-funded organization offering education and incubation opportunities for blockchain-related startups. In addition, Itireleng is developing a crypto wallet for local users in Botswana. The goal is for the crypto wallet to work directly with local ATMs.
Casey Lee Henry
With more than 331,000 subscribers on YouTube, Crypto Casey videos rank first on Google for the query “How to buy Cryptocurrencies”. One of the leading American crypto defenders of YouTube, Casey Henry, is a serial entrepreneur, software architect, blockchain expert and cryptocurrency educator. In addition, Henry is an author, podcaster and publishes the “Last Week Crypto” video on YouTube and his website on a weekly basis.
Henry worked as Chief Technical Officer (CTO) at MattLaw. Realizing that there is a need for a simple and understandable basic education related to cryptocurrencies in the blockchain space, Henry created her YouTube channel in 2017. Since 2019, Crypto Casey has gained almost 10 million views, explaining concepts related to cryptocurrencies, economics and finance. In addition, on the Crypto Casey website, users can get a comprehensive guide to safe investing in cryptocurrency for free. Henry seeks to enlighten the average person about the value propositions and advantages of cryptocurrencies.
Next on our list of women in cryptocurrency is Catalina Castro, or Tech con Catalina, as 160,000+ Spanish YouTube subscribers know her. Tech con Catalina is the most famous Spanish-language cryptocurrency YouTube channel. In addition, Castro offers another YouTube channel, Tech with Catalina, for his English-speaking fans.
With a degree in marketing, Tech con Catalina has been working on YouTube since May 2018. Seeing the success behind the success of her educational videos, Castro became a lecturer at the University of Nicosia. Having organized the first Spanish-language online course on blockchain and Bitcoin technology, Castro teaches at the University of San Andres and the National University of Litoral, located in Argentina. In addition, Castro co-founded Blocknia, an IT software development company offering blockchain-based business solutions.
Malikha Abidi was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan, and immigrated to California at the age of 14. She is a Pakistani-American writer, illustrator and neuroscience student. Recently, Abidi has become a world-renowned visual artist working with NFT. Abidi deals with women’s rights, mental health and anti-racism issues. In addition, she is the founder of The Story of Mental Health (SOMH), an organization offering creative mental health services for women in stigmatized countries such as Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Nepal. As a result, Abidi’s works were published in Glamour magazine, the Malala Foundation and BBC News.
In 2021, Abidi created a collection of 10,000 NFT called “Women Rise NFT”. They feature images of a wide range of successful women throughout the history of mankind. This includes scientists, coders, artists, activists, etc. After being presented at DCentral Miami, one of the largest Web3 conferences in the USA, and on the first page of Raible, the collection attracted a lot of attention.
At the time of writing, the entire collection has already been sold out and is available for resale only on NFT trading platforms. Moreover, 10% of the profit from the sale of the NFT collection goes to charities for women and children.
As a founding member and co-chair of the Cryptocurrency Council of the World Economic Forum, Meltem Demirors is one of the leading women in cryptocurrency advocating for user-oriented legislation and regulation of this asset class. In particular, Demirors testified before the Financial Services Committee of the House of Representatives, stating the importance and demand for blockchain and Bitcoin technology.
Having extensive experience in corporate treasury, oil and gas trading, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), Demirors is currently the Director of Strategy at CoinShares. Fulfilling a mission to accelerate the adoption and adoption of a class of cryptocurrency assets, CoinShares manages investments in digital assets worth more than $ 4 billion. Fascinated by civil rights and privacy issues, Demirors lectures at his old university, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Roya Mahboob is the founder and CEO of the Afghan Citadel Software Company (ACSC), a technology company that employs predominantly women in Afghanistan. In addition, Mahbub is a globally recognized philanthropist and activist who advocates for teaching digital literacy skills to women and children in developing countries. Thus, ASCS aims to create jobs for recent graduates looking for opportunities in the Afghan information technology market. Moreover, since many women in Afghanistan do not have access to banking services, Mahbub pays his employees in the military-technical complex.
Included in TIME magazine’s 2013 list of the 100 Most influential people in the world, Mahbub has become a pioneer in the field of online education in developing countries. In addition, she is a member of the board of directors and president of the non-profit organization Digital Citizen Fund (DCF). DCF works directly with women and children, teaching them technology and finance.
Mahbub is also a member of the advisory Board of the Forbes School of Business at Ashford University, the Global Thinkers Forum and the Resolution Project. In addition, Mahbub is one of the young global leaders of the World Economic Forum (WEF). One of Mahbub’s current projects includes the development of an online educational platform EdyEdy. The project will contribute to the training and development of digital literacy skills in children.
Another community activist who got on the list of successful women in cryptocurrency is the founder and lead engineer of Guapcoin, Tavonia Evans. Despite the fact that Evans faced numerous funding cuts and was hospitalized due to Covid-19 in 2021, the project achieved its best performance. Guapcoin has launched its first exchanger, as well as a token exchange service on Binance Smart Chain (BSC).
With a primary focus on supporting businesses and closing the wealth gap, Guapcoin aims to “strengthen the economic voice of the black community.” Thanks to the decentralization and transparency of the blockchain, Guapcoin motivates holders of its main asset, GUAP, to concentrate their spending in local communities.
In an interview with CoinTelegraph, Evans said, “We have attracted hundreds of women of color to the masternode space, an area of cryptocurrencies that is mostly dominated by men.” Evans is proud to share that the majority of the demographic group (70%) of GUAP Masternode operators are women of color.
Wendy O. is on our list as the largest American female voice in cryptocurrency. Her videos gain millions of views on various social platforms every month. With hundreds of thousands of subscribers on YouTube and TikTok, CryptoWendyO provides daily technical analysis and updates of the cryptocurrency market. In addition, CryptoWendyO videos help newcomers in this field to navigate their first crypto investments. Realizing the revolutionary potential of blockchain, Wendy left her job in healthcare to take up cryptocurrencies and marketing. While earning a degree in business and marketing, Wendy created the CryptoWendyO YouTube channel, on which she hosted “The O Show”.
Since Wendy completely switched to cryptocurrencies in 2018, she has been engaged in various types of crypto activities. This includes creating videos on social networks, managing a marketing firm for crypto projects, and organizing monthly crypto events. In addition, their visit is free for everyone! And Wendy organizes private events for businesses and the crypto community.
Regardless of which gender you belong to, there is usually a warm and friendly atmosphere between employees in the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry.
In addition, since many types of work in these industries are remote, it provides valuable opportunities to establish contacts with different people around the world.