8 Women Thought Leaders to Follow
These impressive thought leaders will keep you informed on the latest issues regarding women and gender politics in tech.
Q. Who is your favorite blogger, author or thought leader addressing issues that affect women in technology and why?
A. Sarah Burr
Sarah Burr from TechCrunch has been a good friend for years. She’s always written about and worked with women in the workforce. She is obviously a thought leader because of her influence online, working for companies like USA Today, TechCrunch and several others. She writes about the things most people don’t bring up. People bash her but she keeps going — that’s a true thought leader. – John Rampton, Adogy
A. Sam Milbrath
Sam Milbrath wrote a four-part series on the issues women face in the technology space. It was comprehensive and thought provoking. She also interviewed several women in technology for the articles, which added credibility and insight. – Andrew Schrage, Money Crashers Personal Finance
A. Model View Culture
Though not a single writer, I’d like to point to Model View Culture as one of the most thought-provoking publications about gender in tech. Every issue poses an explicit challenge to the gender, racial and ability politics we see play out every day in our industry. Agree with their views or not, Model View Culture provides much-needed reflection on the norms we’re creating in the tech industry. – Jared Feldman, Mashwork
A. Kate Brodock
Kate is one of the bloggers at GirlsInTech.org, a great blog that focuses on empowering women in technology. She offers a unique and informed perspective, having been involved in the startup community for over 10 years. – Josh Weiss, Bluegala
A. Rachel Sklar
Rachel Sklar is the cofounder of The List and she’s phenomenal. Each time there is something in the news about women in technology, orwomen in business in general, I look forward to reading to Rachel’s commentary. She’s unapologetically honest in a refreshing way. – Kelsey Meyer, Influence & Co.
A. Jenni Flinders
Jenni Flinders, VP of the U.S. Partner Group at Microsoft, has been in Forbes and many other publications on the forefront representingwomen in technology. For one, she believes in being a learner, not a knower. The point being that you’ve always got to have a passion for learning throughout your career. Only by doing this can you learn to become a better leader and decision maker. Challenge yourself and your own ideas everyday. – Andy Karuza, Brandbuddee
A. Kara Swisher
Easily one of the most influential women in tech, and arguably the most powerful female journalist in the industry, Kara Swisher is a force to be reckoned with. As someone who is unafraid to point fingers, Swisher regularly chastises tech companies for failingwomen and advocates for a society that’s more progressive in its attitudes towards women. – Firas Kittaneh, Amerisleep
A. Sheryl Sandberg
Sheryl Sandberg is an inspiration not only to women in technology, but all professional women. She co-authored the influential book “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead,” which inspired the Lean In movement. Through Lean In, women are inspired to strive for their professional goals, and can join like-minded ladies online. Her encouragement for women to break down barriers in their professional and personal lives is making an impact. – Doreen Bloch, Poshly Inc.