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12 Inspiring Women In Data Science, Big Data

Women make up half the population, yet it's been well documented that they don't come close to parity in STEM fields. Could the rise of big data and data science offer women a clearer path to success in technology? Here's a list of 12 inspiring women who work in big data and data science.
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Jennifer Tour Chayes
Distinguished Scientist and Managing Director at Microsoft Research
ThisWomen in Data Science video interview about the promise of data science for solving big problems is worth watching.
Chayes presented at the first Women in Data Science conference at Stanford in November 2015, talking about network science and its importance in studying everything from online social networks to cancer genomics. 
'The big thing is to take risks. Women tend to feel that they need to be more highly qualified to do something,' Chayes said during the career panel discussion at the Women in Big Data event at Stamford in November. 'You shouldn't let your fear about your own abilities or a fear that you might be an impostor or something have any bearing on the kinds of decisions that you make. You should just take that part of your brain and say thank you for sharing and just put it aside. Seriously, just put it aside. We all have that part of our brain and if I'd listened to that part of my brain I would have had a very boring life.' 
Chayes holds a PhD in Mathematical Physics from Princeton University. 
(Image: Jennifer Tour Chayes LinkedIn)

Jennifer Tour Chayes

Distinguished Scientist and Managing Director at Microsoft Research

ThisWomen in Data Science video interview about the promise of data science for solving big problems is worth watching.

Chayes presented at the first Women in Data Science conference at Stanford in November 2015, talking about network science and its importance in studying everything from online social networks to cancer genomics.

"The big thing is to take risks. Women tend to feel that they need to be more highly qualified to do something," Chayes said during the career panel discussion at the Women in Big Data event at Stamford in November. "You shouldn't let your fear about your own abilities or a fear that you might be an impostor or something have any bearing on the kinds of decisions that you make. You should just take that part of your brain and say thank you for sharing and just put it aside. Seriously, just put it aside. We all have that part of our brain and if I'd listened to that part of my brain I would have had a very boring life."

Chayes holds a PhD in Mathematical Physics from Princeton University.

(Image: Jennifer Tour Chayes LinkedIn)

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