Women in Big Data Global


Timeline and Achievements

Timeline and achievements

  • Left timeline

    Selected achievements of women in data related fields.

    Right timeline

    How women in WiBD has grown exponentially.

  • 2015

    Katherine Johnson, is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her lifetime of work as a pioneering physicist, mathematician and space scientist. She and her colleagues, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson did the calculations that guided NASA’s 1962 Friendship 7 Mission.

    Women in Big Data Launch Women of color from major technology companies in the San Francisco (including Intel Corp, SAP, IBM, and Cloudera) convened to discuss the lack of women and diversity, in the growing field of data related fields and analytics.

    We formed a volunteer forum with the goal of inspiring, connecting, growing and championing the success of women in data-related fields.

  • 2016

    Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim receives the L’OréalUNESCO for Women in Science Awards for her remarkable contribution to the prevention and treatment of HIV and associated infections, greatly improving the quality of life of women in Africa.


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  • 2017

    Maria Teresa Ruiz is appointed Professor Astrophysics / Universidad de Chile, Chile Recognized for her contributions to the study of a variety of faint celestial objects hidden in the darkness of the universe. Her observations on brown dwarfs could answer the universal question of whether there is life on other planets.


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  • 2018

    Catherine Ngila, Acting Executive Director of the African Academy of Sciences Recognized for introducing, developing and applying nanotechnology-based analytical methods to monitor water pollutants




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  • 2019

    Karen Uhlenbeck receives the Abel Prize for Mathematics for her fundamental work in geometric analysis and gauge theory, which has dramatically changed the mathematical landscape.



  • 2020

    Susana Arrechea, Ellawalla Kankanamge, Chao Mbogo, Samia Subrina, and Fathiah Zakham win the OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early-Career Women Scientists in the Developing World. The winning scholars are being recognized for their diverse accomplishments in engineering, innovation & technology. The prize also acknowledges the scientists’ commitment to leading and mentoring young scientists, and to improving lives and livelihoods in their communities and regions

    Six years later, we are a rapidly and exponentially expanding 501c3 non-profit organization with more than 17,000+ members and 40+ chapters on six continents.

  • 2021

    Kyoko Nozaki receives the L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Awards Recognized for her pioneering creative contributions within the field of synthetic chemistry and the importance to industrial innovation.


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