Network engineer J.D. Alsop, who previously worked at Cisco Systems, is the latest in a string of tech titans who have joined the growing list of female tech executives.
Alsaop, an IT consultant and co-founder of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), has become one of the most visible female executives at Google.
She has been with the company for almost four years, and she is currently a senior vice president for engineering and operations, which oversees all Google’s operations.
Alsatop has long been an advocate for women in tech, and this month she shared her views on how to address gender in the tech workforce with the Atlantic.
“I think we’re going to have to be really aggressive in hiring women,” she said.
“The question is, can we do it?”
Alsapop also argued that there is a “tipping point” when it comes to getting women into tech, as she pointed out that women are underrepresented in leadership roles at most technology companies, including Apple and Facebook.
AlSop said that she is proud of Google for being one of only three tech companies that have a woman in its executive ranks.
She said that her goal is to bring as many women to tech as possible.
Alasop told Mashable that the gender pay gap is a myth.
“There’s a lot of bias in the marketplace, and women are paid less than men.
There’s a real problem,” she told Mashably.
Alsiop said the tech industry has been making progress in closing the pay gap over the last decade, and said that the industry is taking the right steps to address it.
“It’s a good start, but we need to be more aggressive,” she added.
Google and others in the technology industry have made progress on improving gender equality, but there is still a lot more to do.
Alsuop said she believes that Google has a long way to go in the field, and that there are still many more hurdles to clear before women are fully embraced in tech.
“We can do this in five, 10 years,” she concluded.
“Women are still underrepresented, and we need more.
There are still a million more women out there, but I think we have a lot to do.”