Friday, May 13, 2011

Rise of the Female Geek

This is the latest post in our series, TwitterPowerhouses, which focuses on the contributions of people who've helped to expand, influence, and redefine how we view social networking. This was co-written by Paul Steele, one of the world's foremost adventurers.

This is cross-posted in the Huffingtonpost Technology Section.

We agree with the words of author Nina Krebs: "A woman with drive and commitment to make something happen doesn't do well with restrictive comments like 'This is the way we've always done it.'" This can be seen in the achievements of Jeannette Rankin, Mary Church Terrell, Alicia Dickerson Montemayor, Sheryl Sandberg, Corizon Aquino, Benazir Bhutto, and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. We all stand on the shoulders of these women, and countless others who've given immeasurable substance to our lives. Accomplished, forward-thinking, goal-oriented women. From whose legacies we receive knowledge; and from whose spirits receive strength.

Like them, the dynamic females we've profiled also have an unshakable passion for education, fueled in part by the historical examples that inspire us, and by the contemporary tools they're using to make each of them a leader in this young millennium. However you say it - geekdom or geekery - these women live it, promote it, breathe it, personify it. The impact of female geeks is often ignored, or, intentionally given "special mention" status. Neither reality is acceptable. Yes, the authors of this post can generally spot a female geek in a crowd.

This is why we know you'll love the women in this piece. They take, but they give more. They're dream merchants, tech enthusiasts, industry professionals, mentors, motivational speakers, business visionaries and wordsmiths, and their social media presence excites us. They create opportunities for themselves and others, and they stand as beautiful examples of what is possible, and certainly probable, when you explore the depth and scope of your talents and skills. They use their influence to make an impact, moving humanity in a positive direction and embracing the very best. Oh yeah...and they rock too!

If you ever think about the term intellectual superstar,
Maegan Carberry should certainly come to mind. A political
analyst and activist, she has helped power (and position) the
iconic Rock the Vote for even greater success in the coming years.

Her work on CBS has made her an international sensation. But it's Betty Nguyen's nonprofit work that makes her shine. Her charity, Help the Hungry,
has made a lasting impact in Vietnam for more than a decade.

A slew of amazing clients - from corporations to
prominent individuals - has elevated Terri to one
of the great, bestselling graphic artists.

Jenni Hogan is a TV personality and traffic geek who
is making waves with the cleverly titled Mission Hot Mama,
a first rate site dedicated to helping mothers tap into what
makes them great.

Respected on two continents, Elianne Ramos has great presence in
the business community, and is Vice-Chair of Communications
and PR for the highly regarded Latinos in Social Media.

Not simply a film critic (and a great one at that), Stephanie Spiro

has an enduring interest in interesting topics like "the psychology of tweets" and "hashtagging the brain". Geek-tastic! She's an emerging figure in

New York's famed arts community.

One of the great bloggers in the Asian Subcontinent,
Hari is all about designing and defining social media. She is
a respected guest blogger, and she authored

A tireless and proud advocate for the poor, Diana Adams
is one of Twitter's most prolific bloggers, sometimes writing
multiple posts a day for the popular niche blog BitRebels.

A PR dynamo with Right Now News,
Courtney Wiley has contributed post for a
Who's Who of marketing, business and lifestyle sites.

ShaunaCausey is one of the most passionate supporters of nonprofits
and charities we've ever met. Ever! Her fantastic work in technology and promotion
is respected in every corner of social media.

A self-professed "rainbow-chaser", Ryan produces great
poetry, and has some truly awe-inspiring photography
in her portfolio.

A marketing and branding specialist, with a
fantastic sense of humor and one of the most
geek-rific bios you'll ever read. Seriously!

To finish reading the post in a slideshow format, and see the other amazing female geeks, click here.

1 comment:

  1. A slew of amazing clients - from corporations to prominent individuals - has elevated Terri to one of the great, bestselling graphic artists. Famous women in business won't be famous if they are not weird.