This year, new research showed that there is still a long way to go to achieve gender parity in the cryptocurrency and blockchain space. The WEF’s Global Gender Gap Report 2021 found that it will take around 135.6 years to close the gender gap due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
That hasn’t stopped these women, however, who have used blockchain technology and cryptocurrency to solve a slew of social problems, from educating girls in developing countries to the wealth gap in black communities in the states.
In no particular order, these 10 women are changing the world with cryptocurrencies block by block.
Tavonia Evans is the founder and chief engineer of GUAP Coin, which she created to fill the wealth gap and support black-owned companies in the United States. Despite Evans hospitalized with COVID-19 and facing major funding cuts, Evans said her company has achieved more than ever this year.
“We’ve put hundreds of women of color into the masternode room, an area of cryptography that is largely male-dominated,” she told Cointelegraph. 70% of GUAP knots belong to women of color.
“We have raised awareness of crypto in a population with less access and education in cryptocurrencies and finance – and we continue to do so.”
This year the company opened its first stationary dealers. It also introduced the xGUAP envelope on Binance Smart Chain.
Lisa Wade was named Leader of the Year in Gender and Diversity by Blockchain Australia in 2021, recognizing her work for women and LGBTIQ + people in the blockchain industry.
She is the founder of NEOMI, an investment ecosystem that connects nonprofit entrepreneurs looking to raise capital with investors looking for real impact investing. Wade told Cointelegraph:
“NEOMI has a lens in our theory of change that supports LGBTI entrepreneurs and women.”
Wade is also President of NAB Pride and pioneer of the Bank of Australia’s Rainbow Women initiative, which provides a space for LGBTIQ women and women to discuss the issues that are hindering their career development in the financial sector.
He also continued his work on environmental activism, starting a blockchain initiative called Project Carbon that tokenizes voluntary carbon credits.
Olayinka Odeniran is the founder and president of the Black Women Blockchain Council (BWBC), which is working to increase the number of black blockchain developers to half a million by 2030.
Last year, BWBC partnered with blockchain software company Consensys to help Africans around the world participate in the crypto space.
It also introduced a space on the clubhouse’s social audio app called “What The Hell is Blockchain” and a community site where members can network and learn about everything from non-fungible tokens (NFTs) to decentralized ones autonomous organizations (DAO). .
In case she wasn’t busy enough, she also started a CyberMermaid NFT collection with a social impact through the marine conservation organization The Dope Sea.
In 2022, Odeniran plans to host a month-long Women’s History Month event in March and launch a new program to teach African women about NFT and blockchain.
Maliha Abidi is an internationally recognized Pakistani-American writer and visual artist. That year she founded Women Rise NFTs. The 10,000 NFT collection represents a variety of women from around the world, including activists, artists, scientists, and programmers.
The collection was featured on the cover of Rarible and on DCentral Miami. Abidi also had an artist residency during Art Basel in Miami.
According to Abidi, 2,350 NFTs from the collection, valued at more than 150 ethers (ETH), around $ 591,000, have been sold to 1,200 unique buyers, including some big names like Randi Zuckerberg and Gary Vee. 10% of the total profit of the project will be donated to charities that support women and children.
Abidi’s main project for the coming year will be the creation of the world’s first meta-reverse school for marginalized children around the world.
Lavinia Osbourne is the founder and host of Women in Blockchain Talks (WiBT), a women-run educational platform in the UK where women can network and learn about blockchain. She told Cointelegraph:
“Entering this revolutionary space is the key to change and acceptance, which is why Women in Blockchain Talks want to make it as easy as possible for people – especially women and marginalized groups – to do just that.”
That year, WiBT launched the 50,000 Women on Blockchain by 2023 campaign, which Osbourne told Cointelegraph that it will “show that blockchain is for everyone and highlight the different ways” to get involved in the area.
Osbourne also founded the upcoming women-centric Crypto Kweens NFT marketplace, which is currently being built on the Rarible protocol.
WiBT has launched a Middle East Ambassador to expand its international reach to women and marginalized groups who want to learn more about blockchain technology with translated versions of their educational materials.
Jen Greyson is a Utah-based advocate for women’s empowerment through cryptocurrency and a board member of the Kerala Blockchain Academy (KBA) in India.
KBA trains women in STEM and blockchain to become managers in this area. In 2021, it introduced several new courses on blockchain, including two free foundation programs. The academy trained nearly 7,000 students this year, with more than 6,000 students enrolled in the basic programs in less than four months.
The academy’s director told Cointelegraph, “The blockchain training program was aimed at equipping startups and individuals with the knowledge, skills and attitudes” needed to break through in the industry. Greyson further added:
“While my home state of Utah languishes in getting computers for every student in every school around the world, KBA did so in 2021 when it weathered a pandemic.”
That year, Immunochain, the Academy’s vaccine traceability solution, was selected for a government health program in Kerala. KBA has also developed a blockchain-powered multi-party system for signing and verifying documents called Sign-A-Doc.
In 2022, Greyson will launch an NFT podcast and academy “focused on empowering women to learn more about cryptocurrency”.
In May of this year, Manasia Vora co-founded the Komorebi Collective at Syndicate, making it the first investment DAO to focus on funding female and non-binary crypto founders.
She is also the founder of the non-profit organization Women in Blockchain (WIB), which aims to offer women a space to advise one another on blockchain and crypto. “Our goal is to bring women together with thought leaders in the field to inspire, collaborate, and encourage others,” she said in a LinkedIn post. December 15th, WIB tweeted:
“Cryptocurrencies are all about shared wealth and possessions. But this is not possible if underrepresented communities are not involved in the construction, in the design, in the decision-making!”
Not only is Roya Mahboob an internationally recognized activist, she was one of the few female directors of technology companies in Afghanistan before she was forced to flee when the Taliban took control of the country in September this year.
She is the founder and CEO of the Afghan Citadel Software Company (ACSC), of which more than half of the employees are women. Since many Afghan women do not have access to a traditional bank account, she pays her employees in Bitcoin. In one Interview with CoinDesk in August he said:
“If the young people can learn about computers, they can learn about Bitcoin. And now everyone wants to learn how to access Bitcoin. They need it.”
She is also a board member and president of the Digital Citizen Fund (DCF), a nonprofit that aims to educate girls and women in developing countries about technology and finance.
Mahboob is also on the Advisory Board of Ashford University Forbes School of Business Technology and recently launched EdyEdy, a platform that helps young people in developing countries gain hands-on knowledge about the digital world.
Cleve Mesidor is the author of My pursuit of justice in politics crypto (My Quest for Justice in Politics and Cryptocurrencies) and was appointed by the Obama administration.
She was appointed Public Policy Advisor to the Blockchain Association in March of this year and is appointed to the DC Innovation and Technology Inclusion Council by the Mayor.
She is also the founder of the National Policy Network of Women of Color in Blockchain and LOGOS, a blockchain social platform for activists.
Botswana’s “Bitcoin Lady” Alakanani Itireleng is the CEO of the Satoshi Center, which educates members of their community on how to make money with cryptocurrency and blockchain technology.
The self-financed center is developing an incubator in which startups can network with potential sponsors or mentors.
It has campaigned for the Bank of Botswana to regulate and legitimize Bitcoin as a legal currency and is also developing a local crypto wallet that can connect directly to regular ATMs.
In an interview with Forbes in July, Itireleng said, “I felt like there was something unique about Bitcoin, that it was different from regular fiat money.” He added, “I always call it the coin of love.”