Shattering the Glass Ceiling


Dame Stephanie Shirley is the most successful tech entrepreneur you never heard of. She’s ambitious, witty and she’s never let anything stop her. From escaping Nazi Europe at the age of 5 to starting an all-woman software company in the 60’s that ended up employing over 8000 people, the astonishing life of this woman is incredibly inspiring.

I decided to make my life one worth saving, then I decided to just get on with it.

“Although there were then women coming out of university with decent degrees there was a glass ceiling to our progress and I had hit that glass ceiling to often.”

In this frank and often hilarious TED talk she opens a window into her extraordinary life, explaining why she went by “Steve,” how she upended the expectations of the time, and sharing sure-fire ways to identify ambitious women.

  1. Hermione says:

    Glass ceiling-my grandmother was a university lecturer in the 1920s, applied science and engineering-and mathematics. Her older sister was a doctor. Another sister owned her own garage, raced cars at Brand’s Hatch and Brookwood and later was an executive for General Motors. Late in life she beat Stirling Moss (the Ayrton Senna of his day) in a race. Glass ceiling, my eye.

    When will we hear women complaining that there are no women rubbish collectors (I have yet to see a ‘dustwoman’), no women doing the hard work in mines and on roads, no women working down drains and sewers…and demand that there be 50% of these jobs filled by women ? When did anyone see a woman working as a removal worker, carrying heavy furniture all day ?

    I also don’t expect to see 50% of workers on parental leave men.

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