I’m going to preface this post with a short story.
I lost my dad to a heart attack when I was 7 years old. He left my mom, myself and my older sister behind. This was in the 60’s; my mom never remarried.
Throughout my childhood and teenage years, my mom and sister took care of me. From an early age I learned to respect women. I had plenty of friends with cool dads and I never felt that I missed out on having a male figure in my life. Sure, I missed my dad, but I also did just fine with my sister and mom.
I can safely say, despite the normal high school skirmishes and adventures gone awry, I turned out okay.
Remember, this was in the 60’s and 70’s. Although I would like to say that it was a different time, but, unfortunately things haven’t changed, at least not enough.
I Married a Strong Woman
For 36 years, Judy and I have been together. I guess you could say we have something very special. In fact, many of those years we have worked together out of the home. We never felt it was a strain. In fact, I would say it helped our relationship grow even stronger.
Judy kicks ass. She doesn’t mess around. And although I may not need it often, she will put me in my place when needed.
Of course, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
R. E. S. P. E. C. T.
As long as I can remember, I have always respected women. There is no doubt in my mind that we are equal. In fact, having been in business for as long as I have, I will say that I have encountered more than enough women who are far smarter than me. It’s never been something I questioned.
Women in WordPress
Which brings me to the reason for this post. As deep as I have been in the WordPress community, it is obvious that yes, tech is one of those areas where women have struggled to be seen as equals. It’s probably better than it was a few years ago, but there is still work to be done.
I’m not painting a picture of doom or gloom. There are plenty of women I know who are like Judy. They kick ass. But, seriously, overall we still have a ways to go.
The other day there was a thread on Twitter that started small and grew as a handful of women shared sTwitter handles of women who work in the WordPress space. In fact, Todd Jones started it with a post he shared about ten women who are influencers in WordPress. Then Mary Baum and Tonya Mork ran with it.
That first tweet is here. It became t a long thread, there were twists and turns that shot off into other threads. Many others, too many to list here, continued adding even more awesome names. So it’s hard to list them all.
Birgit Pauli-Haack dropped in on the conversation. She had already started a Twitter list called Women in WordPress. Needless to say, she grew that list exponentially that day. In fact, you should check it out and follow it. I revisited it myself and added some new follows as well 🙂
Just a quick note before I move on. If you haven’t seen the site Women Who WP, you are missing out.
I Have a Goal: eCommerce Women in WordPress
I sent a DM to Tonya and Mary asking if they knew of women who specifically work in the eCommerce and WordPress space? Our chat is basically what led to this post.
I want to know who they are.
- I want to learn what they are doing with WordPress and eCommerce
- I want more opportunities to have them on my WP eCommerce and Do the Woo podcasts.
I’m sure there are others like me who would like access to this powerful list for work that needs to be done. Partnerships built. Jobs filled. Or simply to find like-minded women in the space.
After sharing this on Twitter, we have started to build the list. You can see it here. And if you are wanting to keep up with these awesome women, subscribe to the list.
If you know of someone, or if you, yourself do eCommerce and WordPress, get on Twitter and respond to this tweet. I’ll make sure you are on there and, of course, I will follow you if I am not already doing it.