Women make advances in technology

Call this the year when small cracks shot through the glass ceiling for women in tech. While pioneering women have made their marks in years past, 2012 saw critical mass with women advancing in some key, high-profile technology management roles.

CNET's Women In Tech panel at CES 2012
From left: Lindsey Turrentine, Marissa Mayer, and Caterina Fake at CNET's panel on women in tech at CES 2012. James Martin/CNET

Call this the year when small cracks shot through the glass ceiling for women in tech. While pioneers including Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina have made their marks in years past, 2012 saw critical mass with women advancing in technology management and in technology media.

Of course, Marissa Mayer famously became the first pregnant CEO this year, but she wasn't alone. Two of Microsoft's new leaders for Windows are women, Sheryl Sandberg joined the Facebook board (finally), and Internet-wide celebrations of Ada Lovelace Day continued to highlight the success women are enjoying in science and technology fields while acknowledging that there's much more room to grow.

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