The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day (3/8/11) was “equal access to education, training, and science and technology.” This resonates with us at Webs, because we believe technology can be a great equalizer. We designed our Site Builder, for example, to level the playing field so that anyone can build a great site and thereby take their business to the next level.
Here are some examples of female entrepreneurs launching amazing businesses across mobile, social, and web platforms:
iPhone App Champs
In July 2010, the Huffington Post reported that an increasing number of women are entering the mobile development field, which previously had been dominated by men.
Examples of iPhone apps developed by women:
- BabyMedBasics by Tara Summers, lifesaving instructions for parents and caregivers
- Home Routines by Rosie Wayper, a way to organize housework into an intuitive list
- Roadtrip Bingo by Gwen von Harten, a game appealing to girls on long car trips
Social Media Moguls
Entrepreneur magazine notes that a growing number of mompreneurs are parlaying their skill at connecting with other moms into businesses that garner enough online traffic to charge advertisers.
Here are some social media sites created by mompreneurs:
- Leah Segedie, creator of bookieboo.com, a fitness site
- Kristen Munson, creator of socialmediamom.com, with tips and links
- Heather Reinhard, creator of thetamom.com, a marketplace and online community
Rtist.com is an online marketplace for artists and art connoisseurs that was launched by CEO Jenn Allen to use “the new opportunities available from scientific and technological discoveries and the rapidly evolving internet culture” to give artists more control over the sale of their work.
Michael Arrington in a recent TechCrunch article (“Too Few Women in Tech? Stop Blaming the Men”) singled out Allen as example of an initiative-taking entrepreneurial woman in technology. For those curious, the TechCrunch article was part of a debate on the dearth of female technology entrepreneurs: see Slate’s take and the Wall Street Journal’s list of solutions as well.
What is your opinion on the state of entrepreneurial women and technology? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.