Erin Jagelski Portrait - Strong-willed, Creative, Empathetic

“At the end of the day, I think
that’s what people want: to be heard.” 

Guided by a gift for listening and a commitment to motherhood, Erin Jagelski shares how she navigated post-maternity challenges and pioneered support networks for parents in the workplace by blending her passion and leadership to foster inclusive environments. 
Melissa Portrait - Curious, Passionate, Empathetic

“Being able to be that source of support
for my family—it means a lot to me.” 

Influenced by her son and a mentor, Melissa Curry explains how she transformed her life through the Microsoft Leap program, going from financial hardship to flourishing as a technical program manager. Now, she gives back as an ambassador and helps to foster tech opportunities in underserved communities. 
Christina Parker Portrait - Ambitious, Compassionate, Creative

“Your uniqueness makes you who you are.” 

Inspired by her early love for fantasy and gaming, Christina Parker champions diversity and representation in the gaming industry, explaining the accuracy of portrayals and the importance of players seeing themselves in the virtual worlds they love. 

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At Microsoft, we believe different perspectives lead to a brighter future. Discover stories of innovation and inspiration from Microsoft employees and artists.

Waypoints of wisdom and Christina’s journey in STEM and gaming

All of our possessions are markers, proudly celebrating the waypoints we’ve reached in our lives. Christina Parker shares her cherished keepsakes that guide us through her journey in STEM and gaming.


Erin’s symbols of self and her journey through personal keepsakes

Each item a person owns helps to shape their story. Erin Jagelski shares the symbols of her journey and cherished memories.


Melissa Curry’s treasures of heritage and achievement

Our possessions showcase the things that really matter to us. Melissa Curry unveils the artifacts that encapsulate her heritage, achievements, and bonds that shape her.

Animated Story

Master of messiness

As a mom and a tech leader, Elaine Chang has learned to embrace the chaos and put her “octopus mind” to work in service of innovation, at work and at home.
Featured Artist: Niege Borges

Animated Story

Empowerment by design

Once one of few women in her field, Melissa Kroskie has become a fierce advocate for accessible workspaces that enable independence and empowerment for everyone.
Featured Artist: Pola Augustynowicz

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Aleenah Ansari - Adventurer, Writer, Queer
Category: Video

Rewriting Representation

Nurtured by the wealth of knowledge found in public libraries, Aleenah Ansari, a product marketing manager at Microsoft, noticed the lack of stories that reflected her experience as a queer Pakistani woman. Determined to bridge this gap, she strives to make technology more accessible through inclusive and authentic storytelling.

Portrait of Ashley

“I am free to be exactly who I am.”

Inspired by her son and her joy-centered approach, Ashley Witherspoon, a Microsoft customer success account manager, champions the power of a unique voice to drive change and growth in the corporate world.

Illustration for Zuzu's story
Category: Animated Story

Cracking the code

When Zuzu began her career as a software engineer, she often battled Imposter Syndrome. Then, she decided to fight the status quo. Discover her story of ingenuity and empowerment, illustrated by Cha Pornea.

Illustration for Jasmin's story
Category: Animated Story

On the front line of change

When Jasmin, a security expert in the Australian military, started transitioning from defense, her first battle was against self-doubt. Now, she’s fighting to empower veterans like herself to achieve more and win their own battles, illustrated by Debs Lim.

Illustration for Mary McCready's story
Category: Animated Story

A commitment to service

Mary McCready, a US Marine Corps veteran and Microsoft content manager, has dedicated her life to helping others—from fellow vets, to Microsoft customers, to humanity as a whole. Discover Mary’s story of innovation and ingenuity, illustrated by artist Edward Dinzole.

Illustration for Funmi's story
Animated Story

Data-driven dreams

Funmi Omoliki is a data and AI specialist who believes in the power of storytelling and our collective power to transform society. Discover her story, illustrated by artist Dai Ruiz.

Accountable for progress

Responsibility and accountability require action, not just promises. We leverage our platform to improve lived experiences at Microsoft and beyond—exercising the same commitment we bring to all we do.

Influencing progress

Microsoft has been a signatory to the UN’s Global Compact Women’s Empowerment Principles since 2010, committing our corporate action to the global advancement of women in the workplace, marketplace, and community.

Invested in equity

At Microsoft, US women employees earn $1.007 total pay for every $1.000 earned by employees who are men and have the same job title and level and considering tenure.

Increasing representation

Women make up 31.2% of the core Microsoft workforce worldwide, up from 27.6% in 2019. The representation of women in executive roles is 29.1%, an increase of 3.2 percentage points year over year.

Ways to engage

Discover movies, TV, and games selected by women at Microsoft, plus more ways to learn and take action.