Everyone should know at least one woman who can code her way out of a wet paper bag. While women developers, computer programmers and hackers of all stripes are by far outnumbered by men in their field, they’re hardly nonexistent. They blog, they tweet, and they do fantastic work to keep the Internet afloat. We’ve chosen to highlight 15 reader-recommended tech women here; if you know of others who should be on our radar — specifically women with coding skills — please do let us know about them in the comments section. Some of the women on our list are “Internet famous.” Some, less so — for now at least. Some have worked at big tech companies like Google and Apple and Adobe. Some are startup employees or fly solo. Some are hardcore hackers, some are web design-focused. We’ve even got a hardware geek on our list. With a big hat-tip to all our friends on Twitter who recommended these women, here are 15 technically skilled women (in no particular order) to follow.
1. Pamela Fox
Pamela Fox is a graduate from the University of Southern California Computer Science Department, where she earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees with minors in 3D animation and linguistics. she is currently living in San Francisco, California and working at Khan Academy on their CS curriculum.
2. Jeri Ellsworth
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Ellsworth was born in Yamhill, Oregon, and grew up in the town of Dallas, Oregon.This woman is a autodidact computer chip designer and expert electrical and mechanical engineer.she became known in 2004 for creating a complete Commodore 64 system on a chip within a joystick, called C64 Direct-to-TV.she was developing Steam Box game controllers. she works as a consultant, and has a serious penchant for pinball machines, of which she owns 60 or so.
3. Emily Chang
Emily Chang lives in San Francisco and She’s a nationally recognized expert in user experience and interaction design. Emily Chang is a principal scientist and creative director at Adobe, since May 2013, when Adobe acquired Ideacodes, the design consultancy she co-founded with husband, Max Kiesler, in 2004. Ideacodes specialized in the design and user experience of web applications, smart devices, digital products and networked communities, and worked with clients as diverse as IDEO, MTV, gdgt, GigaOM, Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Adaptive Path, and dozens of San Francisco startups.
4. Hilary Mason
This data-loving lady is Data Scientist in Residence at Accel, Scientist Emeritus at bitly, co-founder of HackNY, co-host of DataGotham, and member of NYCResistor. she’s native place is New Yorker.she is a member of Mayor Bloomberg’s Technology and Innovation Advisory Council, which has been a fascinating way to learn how government and industry can work together.
5. Danese Cooper
Danese Cooper is an American programmer, computer scientist, and an advocate of open source software.she lives in alifornia. Danese Cooper has managed teams at Symantec and Apple Inc. and for six years served as chief open source “evangelist” for Sun Microsystems before leaving to serve as senior director for open source strategies at Intel.In 2009 she worked as “Open Source Diva” at REvolution Computing (now Revolution Analytics).She is a board member of the Drupal Association and the Open Source Hardware Association.She is a board observer at Mozilla, and serves as a member of the Apache Software Foundation.She was a board member at Open Source Initiative.In February of 2014, Cooper joined PayPal as their first Head of Open Source.
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6. Leah Culver
Leah Culver is an iOS and Python developer living in San Francisco.she is also a co-author of both the OAuth and OEmbed API specifications.Leah Culver is a software engineer specializing in web apps and Django development. In 2007, she co-founded Pownce, a social networking site, and sold it in late 2008.she also co-founded Convore which was funded by Y Combinator in the winter of 2011. Convore transitioned into Grove, hosted IRC for teams and was acquired by Revolution Systems in 2012.Culver is also an open-source advocate.
7. Amanda Wixed
Amanda Wixted is a game programmer and an iPhone tech lead at Zynga. In fact, she’s the one responsible for FarmVille for iPhone. Before she went to Zynga, she was a lead programmer for Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man for iPhone. And how’s this for street cred: Each of the iPhone games Wixted has worked on has been in the Top 10 Free Apps in the App Store.
Sarah Allen has helped to develop such products as After Effects, Shockwave, Flash video and OpenLaszlo, a development framework for web apps.Sarah is co-founder of Mightyverse, a mobile startup focused on helping people communicate across languages and cultures.Sarah also runs an innovative product strategy, design & development company, Blazing Cloud, and in her spare time works to diversify the Ruby on Rails with RailsBridge, which she co-founded in 2009, and Bridge Foundry in 2013.
9. Jenn Lukas
Jenn Lukas says she loves three things in life: Coffee, kittens and XHTML. She’s done web design projects for such big names as ESPN, Johns Hopkins University, United Healthcare, ABC Sports and Microsoft. Lukas lives in Philadelphia and works at Happy Cog, a web design and UX consultancy.
10. Nicole Sullivan
Nicole Sullivan a web developer living in Menlo Park, California. As a performance engineer and international evangelist for Yahoo, Nicole Sullivan does as much communication and research as she does actual app building. She’s an engaging, readable, and regular blogger, and a CSS expert to boot.
11. Laura Thomson
Laura Thomson is an “Internet engineer,” a self-applied job title we don’t see thrown around too often. But given her position as a senior software engineer at Mozilla, makers of Firefox, we can’t argue with the description. She’s a FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) advocate, and she wrote the book on PHP and MySQL web development. She’s an Australian who lives in Maryland.
12. Marissa Mayer
Marissa Mayer is the current CEO of Yahoo! since July 2012. Previously, she was a long-time executive and key spokesperson for Google. Mayer was ranked eighth on the list of America’s most powerful businesswomen of 2013 by Fortune magazine. she lives in San Francisco and Palo Alto, California, United States.
13. Sara Chipps
14. Alison Gianotto
Alison Gianotto has been blogging for 15 years, give or take — that means she started out before blogging was called “blogging.” She co-authored a few books on PHP/MySQL, too. Gianotto is currently working in New York City as the director of information architecture at a creative agency.
15. Gina Trapani
Trapani founded the Lifehacker blog in January 2005, and led it until January 2009. She co-hosts a netcast on the TWiT.tv network called This Week in Google with Leo Laporte and Jeff Jarvis and created the In Beta podcast with Kevin Purdy on the 5by5 network, which she hosted until November 2013. She also hosted twelve episodes of the weekly column Work Smart for Fast Company, and as of November 2012 also co-hosts All About Android, another TWiT.tv show, alongside Jason Howell and Ron Richards.Trapani is currently leading development of ThinkUp, an open-source social media aggregation and analysis tool, at Expert Labs