A Leveling Effect

Blockchain will only reach mainstream adoption with the participation of women as builders and users of the technology. The nature of blockchain — a distributed ledger that records information in a tamper-proof, trustworthy way — has the potential to make all sorts of services and transactions more affordable, and incorporate individuals who have been at the margins into the global economy. The very principles that blockchain is based on — openness, democratic access, transparency — have a leveling effect that will accelerate its adoption, as there is no established hierarchy that decides who gets to participate.” [Women Are Powering the Blockchain,” by Bridget van Kralingen, SVP IBM Industry Platforms and Blockchain]