Last week, Sean Coates posted a question asking for names of women that helped to craft the web in its earliest days. What followed was a truly inspiring thread highlighting the accomplishments of women in creating the open web. But it was also frustrating. Frustrating because much of this work has been erased from history, or worse, been stolen and copied.
I want to be clear on this. Women have helped build the web, and have often transformed it. The tendency in our industry to overlook and forget about these contributions has to be reversed, or we will lose a piece of the web itself.
So what follows is a list, pulled from the sources I’ve been digging through for over a year. It is a list of posts and talks and articles that include a clever trick, or have come to define a technique or a moment of the web, some that even represent a complete paradigm shift for the industry. They were also all written by women, many from that Twitter thread.
It is far from a comprehensive list (in fact, it barely scratches the surface); it mostly stops after 2010 or so, which is where my research has taken me so far. If you have something you’d like to add, feel free to email me, or let me know on Twitter and I’d be happy to add it. These are just a few interesting articles written by some truly brilliant women. I’ve read them all. I suggest you do the same.
Also, Tara Hunt put together a really helpful Twitter list, #LadyOGs, for those interested.
- Kimberly Blessing, Avoiding CSS Hacks for Internet Explorer
- Rebecca Blood, Hammer, Nail: How Blogging Software Reshaped the Online Community
- Mandy Brown, In Defense of Readers
- Stephanie Cockerl, To Flash or not to Flash
- Lissa Daniels, Lissa Explains It All
- Elika Etemad, Ambiguities in CSS2 Table Backgrounds
- Caterina Fake, Online Communities
- Janice Fraser, It’s a Whole New Internet
- Zoe Gillenwater, Examples of flexible layouts with CSS3 media queries
- Heather Gold, Content
- Kristina Halvorson, The Discipline of Content Strategy
- Molly Holzschlag, Raise Your Standards
- Meg Hourihan, We’ve got so much blog we don’t know where to put it all
- Denise Jacobs, CSS Detective Guide
- Shirley E. Kaiser, A Few Tips for Using Lynx
- Erin Kissane, Writing Content that Works for a Living
- Rebecca MacKinnon, Blogging, Journalism and Credibility
- Rebecca Murphey, Using Objects to Organize your jQuery Code
- Stephanie Rewis, Mastering Web Content
- Jen Simmons, The Web Ahead
- Aliza Sherman, cybergrrl! A Woman’s guide to the World Wide Web
- Nicole Sullivan, Object Oriented CSS
- Stefanie Syman, Co-Founder of Feed Magazine
- Gina Trapani, Programmer 101: Teach Yourself How to Code
- Mena Trott, Meet the Founder of the Blog Revolution
- Karen McGrane, Why UX Design Needs Content Strategy
- Lorelle VanFossen, WordPress School
- Lynda Weinman, Coloring Web Graphics
- Estelle Weyl, Web Development for the iPhone