Crypto queens: Women stake out space in blockchain world
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.
She is one of a growing number of women artists, coders, entrepreneurs and investors embracing cryptocurrency and NFTs, and advocating for other women to join the blockchain movement and bridge the gender gap in this quickly expanding space.
"When I first heard about blockchain, I didn't think it was for me. But I was attracted to the art, and realized artists can be a part of this, and that it can be an inclusive space for women and people of color," she said over a video call.