Women in Tech: The Evangelists

9 thought leaders who are changing our ideas about technology.

Women in Tech: The Evangelists

Mitchell Baker
Mozilla Foundation


Baker, a part-time trapeze artist, is a full-time advocate for open-source software and an Internet that functions as a public resource.

Danah Boyd
ethnographer and social-media expert
Microsoft Research New England

Boyd understands better than anyone how (and why) teenagers use the Internet as an alternative social space. Early this year, she joined Microsoft’s new pure research lab in Boston.


Red Burns
New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program

The godmother of Silicon Alley. Burns’s pioneering work in alternative media begat the “Harvard of interactive,” as Newsweek once called NYU’s program. Decades later, she’s still shaping young minds.

Susan Crawford
law professor
University of Michigan


This Net-neutrality advocate–who speaks widely about the imperative that ISPs not have the power to control what people do and say online–co-led Obama’s FCC transition team.

Esther Dyson
EDventure Holdings

Dyson epitomized the digerati back in the 1990s and still blogs and writes regularly. But she now exerts influence through investments in, and board seats at, companies such as Boxbe, Meetup, and 23andMe.


Kaliya Hamlin
Internet Identity Workshop, Identity Commons

Who we are and what we choose to share about ourselves online are part of the complex of “digital identity” issues that Hamlin–aka Identity Woman–wrestles with as the most prominent advocate for OpenID and other standards on the Web.

Tara Hunt
Citizen Agency


Hunt is known for leading online grassroots communities–such as BarCamp, the user-generated conference–and teaching companies how to foster their own Web followings. Her upcoming book, The Whuffie Factor, takes her message to the masses.

Charlene Li
Altimeter Group

As a social-media analyst at Forrester Research, Li was an indispensible resource. Her best-selling book Groundswell (coauthored with Josh Bernoff) helped demystify the social Web. Now, she has struck out on her own with Altimeter Group, where she Tweets, blogs, speaks, and consults.


Mary Meeker
internet analyst
Morgan Stanley

Meeker deserved the brutal downgrade she got for failing to anticipate the dotcom bust. But she has done more than survive the backlash: Meeker 2.0 is again an essential voice, offering hype-free insight and–gasp!–actual financial analysis.