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3:18 pm on Dec 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Just curious to know if there is any female webmasters.
From my imagination, this is a quite male dominated industry, right?
3:52 pm on Dec 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

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You've been here since September 2003 and you haven't noticed there is a whole passle of female representation right here at webmasterworld?

If you're not picking it up from within the content of the post (which is not to suggest that's always possible), you can also give a tad more notice to the left side of the screen where the member names reside. :)

In short, they're everywhere, they're everywhere.
I for one am rather certain that's a good thang!

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Resistance is futile..We are everywhere.
4:10 pm on Dec 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Who's resisting? :)

4:12 pm on Dec 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

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According to the whole male brain versus female brain theories, men tend to do better at technical skills like maths and programming, whilst women tend to do well with language and communication. Webmasters need a range of skills from both traditionally male and female-dominated areas, so it should be no surprise that there's a mix of both sexes taking part.

Of course it depends how narrowly you define "webmaster", because it can mean anything from graphic designer or programmer to a business person who runs the site but isn't involved in the actual building of it, plus many other sub-categories of webmaster jobs in between.

Another thing you can't take for granted is that a male-sounding or unisex nickname actually belongs to a guy.

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Right, Rosalind. I've been called "he" practically as often as "she". I am however DEFINITELY a "she"....
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I am definatley female although my father raised me like a boy. (I'm the son he never had.) I think web design is an area that is both technical and abstract. I started out in art and ended up here.
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For some reason I've never been taken for a guy.

I think women tend to call themselves web designers and men tend to call themselves web developers, regardless of the skills mix. There could well be a gender indoctrination issue involved, stemming from the early mental programming.

I do believe there is easily an impression here at WebmasterWorld of male domination though, regardless of the member gender mix.

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I like this thread because it gathers all the female webmasters into one convenient place. (And it outs some of the ones with non-revealing screen names.)

Just kidding, no flames please!

Not to perpetuate any stereotypes, but I recently hired a friend of mine to handle some of my excess design work; from a creative/aesthetic standpoint she can design circles around me, while I'm a little better with the technical/programming end. It doesn't mean each of us is completely lacking skills in the other area -- I can design okay and she can program okay -- but our strengths match up with the stereotypes.

Once she's doing enough website work I'll suggest she join WebmasterWorld. Right now it's not so much that it would be worth her time.

1:48 am on Dec 6, 2004 (gmt 0)

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MBJ, it's ALWAYS worth the time. I wasn't much when I first joined (early 2003 I think), but I visited and lurked a lot for a while. And I learned TONS while doing so.

I'm still not much, but I'm a better much than I used to be thanks to this place....

2:21 am on Dec 6, 2004 (gmt 0)

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There are lots of us here!

Men will tell you the facts, but God ... she'll tell you the truth! :)

3:41 am on Dec 6, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Men will tell you the facts, but God ... she'll tell you the truth!

I really don't think he would be real pleased with the inference that he might be a she. ;)

This community is so well versed that we have people from all walks of life. There are no borders and/or boundaries. Other than the TOS of course.

[edited by: pageoneresults at 3:43 am (utc) on Dec. 6, 2004]

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My post is without any intention of sex discrimination.
As i said I was just curious.
If the post makes anyone not happy, I will just delete the post.

:)

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If you had gone to the last pubcon in Vegas you would have seen there are more of us than you think. :-)
4:14 am on Dec 6, 2004 (gmt 0)

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"From my imagination, this is a quite male dominated industry, right? "

well yeah,
if you want something done right ....:)

running for cover ;)

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>>Men will tell you the facts, but God ... she'll tell you the truth!

Luvya, Sistah - tell it like it is!

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There are actually quite many female webmasters
6:59 am on Dec 6, 2004 (gmt 0)

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>>There are actually quite many female webmasters

Well, I think we'd have to first define the difference between web designers and webmasters.

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Hello,

Well I think this issue shouldnot be taken as negative. There were times when I was about to post similar question and just pressed Ctrl+A and delete.

I think, like what mentioned by some guys above, girls are more into "soft skills".

Anyway, I wonder if there is any female having an ecommerce site and want to hear their stories be it success or failure.

And . . . in all my years as a webmaster, the comments I received in the designs and services, were mostly by females and I appreciated it a lot.

Thanks,
Habtom

<Sorry, no site reviews. See TOS [webmasterworld.com]>

[edited by: tedster at 8:43 pm (utc) on Dec. 6, 2004]

7:47 am on Dec 6, 2004 (gmt 0)

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>>Please take some time to give me feedback on my newly developed web. URL in my profile!

We don't do any site reviews here ever, but when you say "soft skills" maybe that concept could be defined as "right-brain" creative design skills rather than trading in the geek goods.

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Hello,

I have to agree Marcia. Please take the time to if you feel like doing so.

Thanks again,

Habtom

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Right, Rosalind. I've been called "he" practically as often as "she". I am however DEFINITELY a...

keep 'em guessing

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MBJ, it's ALWAYS worth the time. I wasn't much when I first joined (early 2003 I think), but I visited and lurked a lot for a while. And I learned TONS while doing so.

I knew someone was gonna say something like that.

My point is just that if someone is spending only a couple of hours a week on web work, it's kind of hard to justify spending an hour or two a week reading the boards. You know, the whole cost/benefit thing. As little as she and I are making per hour I'm not in a good position to ask her to spend her precious time on self-development and training. I'll wait until she's making more and/or spending more time on web work.

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Well I think this issue shouldnot be taken as negative.

Nobody did! We are just having a little fun! :)

12:17 pm on Dec 6, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I started out in art and ended up here
Me too, well, design to be more specific.

I think the webmaster role requires a certain amount of knowledge on all web-related topics, from programming to design to SEO.

I know some people say to specialise, but in my various jobs I've done, I've been asked to do everything from web design to site promotion to programming. My philosophy is learn as much as you can about everything web-related.

Just in case anyone hasn't worked it out from my nickname, I am female.

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As a female webmaster, and with a last name like my maiden name, I've often been teased by the other sex! "Wildwoman" or "Webmistress". Boys are so easily amused... :)
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Rosalind < Yups, that's why this business is exciting.

Since, on this thread I can get attention of many WebMistresses, I wish to Propose a Toast to all the ladies here.....Raising a Wine Glass now...."Here's to all the Ladies in this business....Thank you for making this place lively"...have a big list...but then..better to thank ALL OF YOU! > Cheers!

Regards,

Prash.

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please don't make this thread a male V female arena, both male and female need each other both have equal rights and abilities both can be presidents politicians taxi drivers builders professors teachers so why not SEO's and webmasters?,man and woman are equal.
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I clearly remember the "I thought you were a bloke" at PubCon London a few years ago, quite funny :)
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I'm a girl too!

I'm a one-woman show. I do my own graphics, code, seo, everything.

I don't work for nobody but myself and life is grand.

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