To mark International Women’s Day, we asked founders and tech leaders to name a woman who has inspired them. We think they’ll inspire you too.

By Jessica Stillman (Editor, Women 2.0)

This Saturday is International Women’s Day, and around the world individuals and organizations will be celebrating the incredible contributions of women in a variety of fields. Here at Women 2.0 we thought we’d focus on the world of technology, so instead of our usual Female Founders to Watch List, we reached out to our network of successful founders, executives and investors to learn what women inspired these incredible industry leaders.

They generously responded with an incredible array of inspirational women from family members to visual artists and fierce CEOs. Scroll over the slideshow to learn who inspires the leaders who inspire us!


 Who inspires you?


Jessica Stillman (@entrylevelrebel) is an editor at Women 2.0 and a freelance writer with interests in unconventional career paths, generational differences, and the future of work. She writes a daily column for, contributes regularly to Forbes and has blogged for CBS MoneyWatch, GigaOM and Brazen Careerist, among others.