Where are the women of Web Design

Dori Smith, author of numerous programming books and Mac books, commented on her blog, “I was reading Eric Meyer’s Blog today, because he’s a smart guy and has forgotten more about Web dev than most people will ever know. And he said, among some other things, that he’s speaking at SXSW Interactive. Dandy, wish I was there to hear it? until I noticed one of the topics he’s speaking on:

“Where Are the Women of Web Design?, an exploration of why there are so few female “leaders” in the Web design space, and how we might encourage more.
Think about that one for a moment. And then another moment.”

Dori rightly feels that there are some women out there who are qualified to talk on this topic. Eric Meyer is a CSS god, in my opinion, but that is not the same as a goddess, now is it?

Miraz Jordan chimed in on her blog with some suggested women in Web Design. I would offer up Dori and Miraz as women in this field who are influential myself, and could add quite a few more. How about:

  • Molly Holzschlag
  • Elizabeth Castro
  • Sharron Rush
  • Robin Williams
  • J. Tarin Towers
  • Shirley Kaiser
  • Lynda Weinman
  • Linda Rathgerber
  • Zoe Gillenwater
  • Stephanie Sullivan

And I’m just getting warmed up here! How about some more names, folks?

3 thoughts on “Where are the women of Web Design”

  1. More names is easy; I can come up with a dozen or so without breaking a sweat.

    Here are the ones who’ve been affiliated wth the Web Standards Project: Holly Marie Koltz, Rachel Andrew, Kimberly Blessing, Meryl K. Evans, Anitra Pavka, April Siegfried, Steph Troeth, Sally Khudairi, and Jessamyn West.

    How about the ones who’ve been a major force creating these things called blogs: Meg Hourihan and Mena Trott.

    Here are some more from the list of Web design bestsellers at Amazon: Khristine Annwn Page, Rebecca Blood, Lisa Lopuck, Janine Warner, Susannah Gardner, Jennifer Niederst, Kelly Goto, Emily Cotler, and Carrie Bickner Zeldman.

    And that’s not to mention the dozens of women listed over at misbehaving.net.

    Anyone who thinks that there’s a lack of women in Web design just isn’t looking hard enough or in the right places, imo.

  2. Thanks for the warning, Lea. I deleted your post with the “bad” link, but must mention that you also had a link in your post to Carole Guevin’s site Net Diver that was a good women in web design reference.

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