10 women who used crypto to make a difference in 2021


This yr, new analysis confirmed that there’s nonetheless an extended technique to go earlier than there may be gender parity within the crypto and blockchain area. WEF’s April International Gender Hole Report 2021 discovered that it’ll take near 135.6 years to shut the gender hole as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

Nonetheless, that hasn’t stopped these girls who used blockchain expertise and cryptocurrency to deal with a complete vary of social points starting from ladies’ schooling in creating nations to the wealth hole in black communities in the USA.

In no specific order, these 10 girls are altering the world utilizing crypto one block at a time.

Tavonia Evans

Tavonia Evans is the founder and lead engineer of GUAP Coin, which she created to assist shut the wealth hole and help black-owned companies in the USA. Regardless of being hospitalized with COVID-19 and going through sweeping funding cuts, Evans says that her firm completed extra this yr than ever earlier than.

“We’ve onboarded tons of of ladies of shade into the Masternode area, an space of crypto that’s largely male-dominated,” she instructed Cointelegraph. 70% of GUAP nodes are owned by girls of shade.

“We’ve sparked consciousness about crypto amongst a inhabitants with much less entry and schooling in crypto and finance — and we proceed to take action.”

This yr, the corporate onboarded its first brick-and-mortar retailers. It additionally launched the xGUAP wrapper on Binance Sensible Chain.

Lisa Wade

Lisa Wade was the 2021 recipient of Blockchain Australia’s Gender and Variety Chief of the 12 months award, which acknowledged her work advocating for girls and LGBTIQ+ individuals within the blockchain trade.

She is the founding father of NEOMI, an investing ecosystem that connects charity entrepreneurs trying to elevate capital with buyers on the lookout for genuine impression investments. Wade defined to Cointelegraph:

“NEOMI has a lens on our concept of change, which helps LGBTI and feminine entrepreneurs.”

Wade can also be the chair of NAB Satisfaction and pioneered the Australian financial institution’s “Rainbow Girls” initiative, which provides LGBTIQ+ girls an area to talk about points which can be holding them again on profession improvement within the finance sector.

She additionally continued her work in environmental activism, co-creating a blockchain initiative referred to as Mission Carbon which tokenizes voluntary carbon credit.

Olayinka Odeniran

Olayinka Odeniran is the founder and Chairwoman of Black Girls Blockchain Council (BWBC), which is working towards rising the variety of black feminine blockchain builders to half one million by 2030. 

Over the previous yr, the BWBC partnered with blockchain software program firm Consensys to assist African individuals all through the globe get entangled in crypto.

She additionally launched a room on social audio app Clubhouse referred to as “What The Hell is Blockchain” and a neighborhood website the place members can community and study all the things from nonfungible tokens (NFTs) to decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs).

In case this wasn’t maintaining her busy sufficient, she additionally launched a social impression NFT assortment CyberMermaid via ocean conservation nonprofit The Dope Sea.

In 2022, Odeniran plans to host a month-long occasion for Girls’s Historical past Month in March and launch a brand new program to show African girls about NFTs and blockchain.

Maliha Abidi

Maliha Abidi is a Pakistani-American creator and internationally acclaimed visible artist. She based ‘Girls Rise NFTs’ this yr. The gathering of 10,000 NFTs symbolize numerous girls from all over the world together with activists, artists, scientists and coders. 

The gathering has been featured on the entrance web page of Rarible and at DCentral Miami. Abidi additionally had an artist residency throughout Artwork Basel in Miami.

Based on Abidi, thus far, 2,350 NFTs from the gathering amounting to over 150 Ether (ETH), round $591,000, have been bought to 1,200 distinctive patrons together with some large names like Randi Zuckerberg and Gary Vee. 10% of the full income from the undertaking will probably be donated to charities supporting girls and kids.

Abidi’s main undertaking for subsequent yr would be the creation of the world’s first metaverse faculty for marginalized kids from all over the world.

Lavinia Osbourne

Lavinia Osbourne is the founder and host of Girls in Blockchain Talks (WiBT), which is a female-led instructional platform in the UK the place girls can community and study blockchain. She instructed Cointelegraph:

“Getting began on this revolutionary area is vital to alter and adoption, so Girls in Blockchain Talks needs to make this as straightforward as potential for individuals — girls and marginalized teams particularly — to do exactly that.”

This yr, WiBT launched the 50k girls into Blockchain by 2023 marketing campaign, which Osbourne defined to Cointelegraph will “present that blockchain is for everybody in addition to spotlight the completely different pathways” to get entangled within the area.

Osbourne additionally based the upcoming female-centric Crypto Kweens NFT Market, which is presently being constructed on the Rarible protocol.

WiBT launched a Center East ambassador to increase their worldwide attain to girls and marginalized teams eager to study blockchain expertise with translated variations of their instructional materials.

Jen Greyson

Jen Greyson is a Utah-based advocate of ladies’s empowerment via cryptocurrency and a board member for Kerala Blockchain Academy (KBA) in India. 

KBA trains girls in STEM and blockchain to grow to be leaders within the area. In 2021, it launched a number of new blockchain programs, together with two free basis packages. The Academy educated near 7,000 college students this yr, with over 6,000 college students enrolling into the muse packages in lower than 4 months.

She instructed Cointelegraph: “The blockchain coaching program aimed to equip start-ups and people with the requisite data, abilities and angle” wanted to crack into the sector. Greyson added additional:

“Whereas my residence state of Utah is languishing in even getting computer systems in each faculty for each pupil, throughout the globe, KBA did this in 2021 whereas navigating a pandemic.”

This yr, the Academy’s vaccine traceability answer Immunochain was chosen for a authorities well being program in Kerala. KBA additionally developed a blockchain-powered multi-party doc signing and verification system referred to as Signal-A-Doc.

In 2022, Greyson will probably be launching an NFT podcast and an academy “targeted on bringing extra crypto schooling to the female.”

Manasi Vora

In Might this yr, Manasia Vora co-founded the Komorebi Collective on Syndicate, changing into the primary funding DAO targeted on funding feminine and non-binary crypto founders.

She can also be the founding father of the non-profit Girls in Blockchain (WIB), which goals to supply an area for girls to mentor one another about blockchain and crypto. “We purpose to attach girls to thought leaders on this area to encourage, collaborate and encourage others,” she stated in a LinkedIn publish. On Dec. 15, WIB tweeted:

“Crypto is about shared abundance and shared possession. However this isn’t potential if the underrepresented communities are usually not included within the constructing, within the design, within the decision-making!”

Roya Mahboob

Roya Mahboob shouldn’t be solely an internationally-recognized activist however was additionally one in every of only a few feminine tech CEOs in Afghanistan earlier than being pressured to flee in September this yr when the Taliban took over management of the nation.

She is the founder and CEO of Afghan Citadel Software program Firm (ACSC), the place over half the staff are girls. As a result of many Afghan girls are unable to entry a conventional checking account, she pays her staff in Bitcoin. In an August interview with CoinDesk, she stated:

“If younger individuals can study computer systems, they will study Bitcoin. And now all people needs to learn to entry Bitcoin. They should.”

She can also be a board member and president of the Digital Citizen Fund (DCF), a non-profit aiming to coach women and girls from creating nations about expertise and finance.

Mahboob additionally sits on the advisery board of Ashford College’s Forbes Faculty of Enterprise & Expertise and just lately created EdyEdy, a platform that helps younger individuals from creating nations study sensible digital literacy abilities.

Cleve Mesidor

Cleve Mesidor is the creator of My Quest for Justice in Politics & Crypto, and a former appointee of the Obama administration.

She was appointed as public coverage adviser at Blockchain Affiliation in March this yr and is a Mayoral Appointee for the DC Improvements and Expertise Inclusion Council.

She can also be the founding father of the Nationwide Coverage Community of Girls of Coloration in Blockchain, and LOGOS, a social platform on the blockchain for activists.

Alakanani Itireleng

The Botswanan “Bitcoin Woman” Alakanani Itireleng is the CEO of the Satoshi Centre, which educates members of her neighborhood on how they will generate profits from crypto and blockchain expertise.

The self-funded heart is within the strategy of creating an incubator the place startups will be capable to community with potential sponsors or mentors.

She has campaigned for the Financial institution of Botswana to control and legitimize Bitcoin as a authorized forex and can also be creating an area crypto pockets that may be capable to instantly connect with common ATMs.

In a July interview with Forbes, Itireleng stated, “I used to be feeling that there’s one thing about Bitcoin that’s distinctive, that’s completely different from regular fiat cash.” She added additional: “I all the time name it a forex of affection.”