How women are staking out a space in the blockchain world
- A growing number of female artists, investors and collectors are embracing cryptocurrency and NFTs, and bridging the gender gap.
- More than two-thirds of US cryptocurrency investors are men, and about 60% are white - a gender gap that is wider than in other financial investments.
- A physical version of an NFT from Boss Beauties, a collection of 10,000 NFT portraits of women, was displayed at the New York Stock Exchange last month.
As an artist and women's rights activist, Maliha Abidi is adept at using digital technologies, so when she came across non-fungible tokens she quickly figured they could be a way to reach more people, and for women artists to gain a bigger following.
Abidi, 25, who was born in Pakistan and migrated to the United States as a teenager, created her first NFT a few months ago - a type of asset which uses blockchain to record ownership of digital items such as images, videos and collectibles.
The U.K.-based activist is about to launch Women Rise, a campaign to bring 100,000 girls and women into cryptocurrency by the end of 2022.