Women in Technology aren’t as absent as most think

One of my favorite female bloggers and Twitterers, Tara Hunt, wrote an excellent article on the perceived absence of Women in Technology.

The article has an impressive list of women in tech:

“Some of the hottest companies of early Web 2.0 (and before) have been co-founded by women: Flickr (Caterina Fake), Blogger (Meg Hourihan), SixApart (Mena Trott), Mozilla (Mitchell Baker), Guidewire Group (Chris Shipley), and Adaptive Path (Janice Fraser). An overview of current startups shows a seemingly endless list of women founders (and co-founders) including:

* Mary Hodder: Dabble
* Gina Bianchi: Ning
* Ann Crady: Maya’s Mom
* Sandy Jen and Elaine Wherry: Meebo
* Emily Chang: eHub/IdeaCodes
* Xochi Birch: Bebo
* Joyce Park: Renkoo
* Jessica Hardwick: SwapThing
* Margarita Irizarry and Monica Heitlauf: Scrapblog
* Yael Elish: eSnips
* Halley Suitt: Top Ten Sources
* Elisa Camahort, Lisa Stone, and Jory DesJardins: Blogher
* Ryanne Hodson: Node101
* Ariel Kleckner Ford: CareSquare
* Carla Morton and Cathleen Wang: BrandHabit
* Sharra Chan: OrangeDoor
* Erica Douglass: Simpli.biz
* Lisa Sugar: PopSugar
* Louise Wannier: MyShape
* Beatrice Tarka: Mobissimo
* Emily Boyd: Remember the Milk
* Andra Davidson: Mothersclick
* Eileen Gittins: Blurb
* Rashmi Sinha: SlideShare
* Julie Davidson: 30Boxes
* Laura Scott and Katherine Lawrence: pingVision
* Kathy Sierra: Head First Books
* Gillian Carson: Carson Systems
* Alex Vikati: CastTV
* Vanessa Williams and Leigh Himel: Oponia
* Dina Kaplan: Blip.tv
* Rachel Cook: Minti
* Amy Muller: Ruby Red Labs
* D Millack: Zazzle
* Ellen Miller: Sunlight Foundation
* Linda Furrier: Podtech
* Elizabeth Souther Tarbell: VivaPop
* Maggie Fox: Social Media Group
* Maggie Tsai: Diigo
* Susan DeFife: Backfence
* DiAnn Eisnor: Platial
* Kim Polese: Spikesource
* Angela Beesley: Wikia
* Arianna Huffington: Huffington Post
* Kelly Goto: Gotomedia
* Merci Hammon: PMOG”

I like Tara’s perspective on why she thinks Web 2.0 is conducive to feminine values. She says:

“If there is anything that the grassroots, collaborative modeling of Web 2.0 has taught me it is that for anything that was once thought to be a best practice, you can find better alternatives just by looking deeper. More and more people are doing this and realizing that the old ways of doing business inherited from Web 1.0 are just not cutting it in the more community-based, connected world of social networks. The more feminine values, such as relationship building, openness, and cooperation, are growing in popularity for everyone, not just the female entrepreneurs. Many of these values come from the egalitarian outlook of open source, but I also believe they are highly influenced by the diversity of customers.”

The article is well worth a read — and by far, the best answer I’ve heard to the question “Where are the women in technology?”

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  1. #1 by Kevin on September 18, 2007 - 9:50 am

    Woman == Man 2.0

  2. #2 by Igor Minar on September 18, 2007 - 10:30 am

    In Slovakia (http://fgslovakia.com) we have a saying that goes: "Where the Devil can’t go, he sends a woman". Not sure how/if it applies here though 🙂
    The truth is that we techies actually want more women in our field! Darn, who wants to spend the entire days with only men (and a very few women)?

  3. #3 by Madhan Kumar on September 18, 2007 - 11:42 am

    And hope others will follow Ning in adapting Sun technologies … 😀

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