WE ALL KNOW the statistics. For every woman on the internet,
there are maybe twenty men, using the term loosely. Most of them
are friends of your little brother. And all of them know
more about science fiction, computer programming, and obsolete hardware
Sure, there are plenty of pictures of women, but where are the women
themselves? Imagine a world where an entire generation of
young male web surfers learns about women through sites like
The Spot and Babes on the Web. Up until recently,
this was the fate of women on the internet. Any woman who signed up on one of the service providers
was immediately bombarded by men who want to "chat" or
Fortunately, the stereotypes are fading as women are gain presence
on the internet in greater and greater numbers.
Evidence of this can be found in the number of organizations
that are devoted to women's interests on the internet.
Foremost among these organizations is one called Webgrrls.
According to their info-packed website,
is a "real-world, face-to-face networking group for women in and
interested in new media. Chapters are forming in cities all around the world to
provide a forum for women to exchange information, give job and business leads,
learn about new technologies, mentor, intern, train and more..."
Another great resource for women is the appropriately named
The Women's Resource Project. If you need something on women's studies
or women's history or women's help groups, you can find it there.
Daughters and the Digital Revolution
Predictably, with the growing number of women participating in the
[insert internet buzzword here], there is an increase
in the number of studies about women on the internet.
The Pluto Institute has released a white paper
Daughters and the Digital Revolution,
tracking the participation
of girls and women in the digital information revolution. One of
its significant findings is that a great majority of females
were ready and willing to embrace the technology of the internet.
I have only one response to that finding: are you surprised?