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6 Women in Tech Dream Big as Girls

We're very excited about today's launch of GoldieBlox here at Daily Grommet.  GoldieBlox is an important product whose mission is an important one -- to inspire social change around the education of girls.

This activity game and storybook  features a female engineer role model named Goldie Blox. Goldie can be anything she wants to be when she grows up, even a female engineer. In the spirit of dreaming big and encouraging girls to see themselves as makers, creators and engineers, we've asked some of our favorite women in tech to share with us, "what did you want to be when you grew up?"

Read their answers below and share yours in a comment!

Sarah Evans | GoldieBloxSarah Evans | Social Correspondent and Chief Evangelist at Tracky

When I was in kindergarten I wanted to be a librarian, just like my mom. From sixth grade through my senior year of high school, a Broadway start. In college I discovered the study of communications and was hooked. I decided I'd either become a world-famous news anchor or publicist to the best brands in the world. I love that I can keep discovering what I want to be when I grow up.

Follow Sarah at @PRSarahEvans on Twitter


Athena Chen | GoldieBloxAthena Chen | Fashion & Retail Brand Solutions at Twitter

Growing up, I always wanted to be "that person who wrote and picked music for movies and TV shows," which I later learned was a music supervisor! I was a classically trained pianist growing up, studied film and media studies, and fostered those interest by learning how to create and master digital music production. I'd love to one day get back to that!

Follow Athena at @ms_athena on Twitter



Ash Huang | GoldieBloxAsh Huang | Designer and Illustrator at Pinterest

When I grew up I wanted to be a medieval historian.

Follow Ash at @ashsmash on Twitter



Martha Preston | GoldieBloxMartha Preston | Social Media Strategist at Wildfire

I wanted to be a CIA agent to take after the heroine of my favorite book, Harriet the Spy.  This was probably my main aspiration as a kid but, if you asked me on a different day I might have said a broadway star, the president, etc.

Follow Martha at @marthapreston on Twitter


Tracy Chou | Software Engineer at Pinterest

When I grew up? I wanted to be a writer... maybe.

Follow Tracy at @triketora on Twitter


Fiona Pietruski | GoldieBloxFiona Pietruski | CMO of SheSpeaks & Cravebox

I really wanted to be an architect from a young age. I knew very early that I liked "building things" and without really much guidance at all being an architect seemed to be the only thing I could think of that fitted my interest. At age 14 or 15 I realized that building a business or product and getting people excited about it was really my passion. We were still handwriting all our essays at University but after I graduated and discovered technology things just started to click for me.

 Follow Fiona at @fi_shespeaks on Twitter


 Now it's YOUR turn to share! What did you want to be when you grew up?


  • Katherine Says:

    I was always about business. Office supply stores would set my heart racing. Binders, easels, markers. Oh the possibilities!

  • Anna Says:

    These ladies are an inspiration - I met Fiona at an event in NYC and loved her vision!
    And i am so glad to learn of a product like GoldieBlox - def getting that for my niece.

    p.s. i wanted to be a concert floutist when i grew up. Now i want to start my own company, open a restaurant, be a wedding/event planner, start a women in design organization, form a band, teach high school algebra, and be an interior designer. hmm.....

  • Crystal Says:

    For the longest time I wanted to be a dolphin trailer / marine biologist and even started university as a Marine Biology major. That was until a summer internship shadowing a real marine biologist (who didn't get to play with dolphins all day and spent most of it in the lab). I realized pretty quick that a) I didn't enjoy smelling like fish guts 24/7 and b) I was way too much of a people-person to be in a lab all day.

    I soon discovered marketing and communications and the rest was history. It took a few years post-graduation and some filler jobs to get where I am today but it was worth it. And I can play with dolphins on vacation ;)

  • MarySR Says:

    When I was younger, I wanted to be a psychologist because I liked listening to others' stories. Then by JR high, I thought maybe I'd be a tennis star. By high school I realized that I had much a better chance at becoming a communicator than the next Tracy Austin or Chris Everett. I took a history of the media course and I was hooked on the ways communication had evolved. It lead me to advertising which lead me by happenstance to PR. I still love listening to/reading a great story. Now I get to help them tell their stories!

  • Ericka Basile Says:

    I wanted to be President.

  • Sarah Evans (@prsarahevans) Says:

    Thanks so much for including me in this list of amazing women. Can't wait to read everyone's childhood aspirations. :) -Sarah

  • Jules Pieri, CEO Daily Grommet Says:

    I wanted to make a difference, like Eleanor Roosevelt, Abe Lincoln, and Madame Curie. But I knew I also did not want to be famous. So I had trouble figuring out what that "difference" would be. I just knew I would do it, somehow.

    I had no idea what business was but when I discovered it in college I was hooked. That, and hooked on making things with my hands. Thus...became an industrial designer!

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