Back in 2014, Apple launched HealthKit, an app that permit individuals hold observe of an enormous array of well being and health knowledge – the whole lot from blood alcohol ranges and sodium consumption to physique temperature. What you couldn’t observe, nonetheless, was your interval. Not 1 particular person at Apple had stopped to suppose a interval tracker is perhaps helpful. And that’s as a result of Apple, like most tech corporations, is dominated by myopic males.
Four years later, feminine engineers are nonetheless very a lot a minority in Silicon Valley. However, progress is slowly being made and the way forward for tech is wanting decidedly extra female-friendly. Take the courting app Bumble, for instance, which was began by Tinder co-founder Whitney Wolfe Herd and has been designed with a women-centric interface. When 2 customers of the alternative intercourse match on Bumble, the lady should ship the primary message, bucking the conference that males make the primary transfer. Focusing on ladies has paid off; Bumble had a stellar 2017 and is valued at greater than $1bn ($710m). And Bumble is only one of a rising variety of apps designed with ladies in thoughts. From pedicure-scheduling to confidence-boosting to pill-planning, in the case of a feminine want, there’s now usually an app for that. Here, Guardian writers suggest a few of their favourites. Arwa Mahdawi