It only took half a decade! Not just one, but two women graced the stage at Apple’s Web Developer Conference in San Francisco on Monday. The tech giant made a slew of product and software announcements, but two women appearing onstage to speak at the conference stole the show. It was the first time in five years that a woman had taken the stage at an Apple event; indeed, Tim Cook had promised that Monday’s affair would be more diverse than past events. Jennifer Bailey, the VP of Apple Pay, took the stage to speak about advancements in mobile payment, and Susan Prescott did the honors of introducing the news app Apple is launching. On top of all that, Apple also announced that it was adding reproductive health to its popular health tracking app in iOS 9 that will allow women to track their periods — although that news was delivered by a man. Still, though, all of that combined with an Apple employee, Angela Ahrendts, being the nation’s top-paid female executive in 2014 has the company looking like a leader for women’s advancement in the workplace.
Jennifer Bailey, vice president for Apple Pay, describes the expanded use of the feature during the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, June 8, 2015. Apple will soon surpass one million locations accepting Apple Pay, its mobile payment system, according to Bailey. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)