Periodically this question pops up.
“Where are the women?” Be they bloggers, or web site developers, or programmers, when it comes to certain industries, suddenly the number of men to women drastically drops.
I’ve worked with computers since the late 1970′s. (Yes, they existed then!) I’ve also had many personal experiences, some horrible and some beautiful, working in jobs and industries that thrived on two things – computers and men. I have acutely strong loyalties to the men who treated me well. They, in fact, outnumber the women. However, if it were not for several outstanding women and their guidance, I would not be here now.
There’s a living pulse that throbs through every blogger. It cries for a Voice. Approval. Respect. Acknowledgement. Money (yes, for some that’s the only reason for living). Opportunity. The heart rate of this blog raced when I came across a post about popular blogs that excluded anything written by women bloggers.
How could that be? The blog author, I’m convinced, had no ill will towards women. What he did, by this omission, was to bring to us something to explore. Though he writes that he asked for favorite blog post submissions from women bloggers, none apparently responded to that request. Which begs the question. Why?
Rather than have a hissy fit, (I had a mild case of “WHAT THE HECK!” instead), I’ve set out to find the women who blog on search engines, search engine optimization, marketing, web design, web development, usability, user experience and user centered design, and blogging (because many top how-to bloggers are men.)
The list begins with suggestions and comments found at All The Female Bloggers Say Heyyyy!…Hello? Ladies?, Lip-Sticking’s “A Little Girl Talk from Home” and Cr8pc’s Kim Berg Has a Point, in addition to more of mine from my personal feeds and Suggested Sites.
Popular Blog Posts (Please note that his comments are closed. He has invited Shelley Powers to write a guest post on Sexism in Blogging, in response to the uproar.)
Where are the women bloggers in the following industries?
Search engines, search engine optimization, marketing, web design, web development, usability, user experience and user centered design, and the blogging experience (how-to, showcase genres, inspirational…)?
Please use the comments (moderated as they are for spam) to add your choice (be it yourself, or others). Feel free to explain why a particular technical industry woman blogger is your favorite.
We are many. Let’s shove the bacon up some you know what.
This list is continued in Women Bloggers in the Tech Industry. Thank you to all who are responding to the call for your favorite women in tech bloggers.