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Women’s News: 28 Female Thinkers You Should Know, Even If Wired Magazine Doesn’t


When Wired magazine set about compiling their recently released “101 Signals” list of the “best reporters, writers and thinkers on the Internet — the people who understand what’s happening,” they included many valuable sources of insight and analysis. Yet as many readers noticed, the list is pretty glaringly incomplete. How? It includes very few women.

Why Wired thought this was appropriate or OK isn’t clear. Does the magazine’s staff sincerely believe there are so few female influencers in each of the featured categories? That was Katie Baker’s take — in her Jezebel post on the list, “Wired Magazine Doesn’t Think Women Have Brains,” Baker summarized the list’s dismal representation of female thinkers:

There are ZERO women featured on the “Government and Security” list, one woman capable of delivering “high-value” “Business” information, one woman who understands “Design” (unless you count the Venus De Milo reference) and two women who get call-outs under “Consumer Technology.

The other possibility is that the Wired staff didn’t think it was important to include women. Discussing how few females made the Consumer Technology list, Andrea Peterson at the Washington Post’s The Switch blog wrote, “The only excuse Wired could have for not mentioning more of the influential women who write about tech is that it didn’t look for them.”

In response to Wired’s omissions, we asked HuffPost staffers specializing in each of the featured topic areas to nominate women who should have made the list.

Turns out these women aren’t so hard to find.



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Wired included: 2 individuals (Mary Jo Foley of All About Microsoft; Gina Trapani of This Week in Google), 1 blog with a female contributor (Techno Buffalo — Ashley Esqueda).

They missed:

Lauren Goode (@LaurenGoode
The ultimate gadgeteer, AllThingsD’s Goode covers phones, apps and services as well as the latest startup acquisitions. Before AllThingsD, Goode was at the Wall Street Journal, where she produced and co-hosted the daily “Digits” technology show.

Jenna Wortham (@jennydeluxe)
Wortham, a tech reporter for the New York Times and contributor to the paper’s Bits blog, has almost 500K followers on Twitter, where she offers the steady stream of links and conversation that have made her so beloved. She used to write for Wired’s Underwire blog, which makes her omission from the “101 Signals” list especially strange.

Joanna Stern (@JoannaStern
ABC’s technology reporter covers the latest gadget and software releases, but she also posts regularly on the role technology plays in the culture, whether it’s Google Glass appearing on the pages of Vogue or the Hey Girl browser extension. Before ABC she helped found the site The Verge, which offers relentless tech coverage.



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Wired included: 3 blogs with female contributors (SCOTUSblog — Amy Howe, Kali Borkoski, Amanda Frost, Mary Dwyer and others; The Volokh Conspiracy — Sasha Volokh; IP Watch — Catherine Saez, Kelly Burke and many others); 1 podcast (Arianna Huffington regularly co-hosts “Left, Right & Center”); 1 organization (EFF Deeplinks employs women like Andrea Chiang and Cindy Cohn).

They missed:

(Here we owe a hat tip to Julian Sanchez, one of the many men included in Wired’s list, who beat us to our list with a blog post naming several women from the Government and Security space who deserved inclusion in Wired’s roundup. Check out his post for his full list, but below are a few of them.)
Jillian C. York (@jilliancyork
York is Director for International Freedom of Expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and a vocal expert on online censorship and surveillance. She blogs about privacy and government for Al Jazeera and previously worked at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard.

Jennifer Granick (@granick)
Director of Civil Liberties at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, previously of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Granick, a former defense attorney, has studied, taught, written and tweeted about Internet security and privacy issues for years. Her Twitter feed is a constant stream of links and authoritative commentary.

Michelle Richardson (@Richardson_Mich)
She’s an ACLU lobbyist, so she has a definite stance, but in this conversation strong opinions are expected and welcome. Count on her tweets to provide regular updates about her organization’s position on privacy and security cases as they arise.

Julia Angwin (@JuliaAngwin)
Angwin is a tech reporter, columnist and blogger for the Wall Street Journalfocusing on online consumer privacy, especially the ways in which big companies like Google and the federal government may or may not be tracking you. Her first book was Stealing MySpace: The Battle to Control the Most Popular Website in America, and her second, on “the importance of understanding and preserving electronic privacy in the age of social media and pervasive surveillance ” is in the works.



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Wired included: 1 individual (Yves Smith of Naked Capitalism) and 1 blog with female contributors (Planet Money — Caitlin Kenney, Zoe Chace and Chana Joffe-Walt)

They missed:

Jessica Silver-Greenberg (@jbsgreenberg)
According to Emily Peck, HuffPost’s managing editor, business and technology, Silver-Greenberg “regularly breaks news in banking with amazing impact, like this recent piece. She’s probably the best consumer banking reporter around. This is news about banks for real people that has strong impact.” Before the New York Times, Silver-Greenberg was at the Wall Street Journal and Businessweek, where her work included an expose on how credit card companies target college students.

Heidi Moore (@MooreHN)
Moore, the finance and economics editor at the Guardian, is very active on Twitter, offering analysis and facts on financial news, and “uses her columns to break down issues that can be hard to understand,” said Jillian Berman, HuffPost’s associate business editor. “She owns Twitter for biz types,” said Peck.

Mina Kimes (@MinaKimes)
Kimes, a features reporter at Businessweek, “is one of the business media’s best investigative reporters. This story is absolutely horrifying, for example,” said HuffPost business editor Maxwell Strachan. “She’s also good at Twitter.”

Bess Levin 
She doesn’t personally tweet, and yet Dealbreaker’s executive editor “is feared, respected and funny as hell,” said Peck. “+1 on Bess Levin. (I wanted to say her but Peck beat me to it),” said Strachan.






Wired included: 3 individuals (Helen Branswell, Vi Hart, Maggie Koerth-Baker); 1 blog with female contributors (The Last Word on Nothing — many, including Sally Adee, Ann Finkbeiner and Helen Fields.)

They missed:

Sherry Turkle (@STurkle)
The MIT professor and author of Alone Together, is “the only ‘unplug and recharge’ advocate who is coming to the conversation with 25+ years of psychological research on human-computer (and human-robot) interaction under her belt. She is a total genius and I quote from her book all the time,” said Meredith Melnick, editorial director, HuffPost Healthy Living.

Alice Park (@AliceParkNY)
From AIDS research in the late ’90s to cutting-edge medicine and technology today, Park, a senior writer for Time magazine, is one of the most essential medical reporters working now. She’s had fellowships at both Harvard and UCLA and contributes to the magazine’s Olympics coverage as well.

Maryn McKenna (@marynmck)
Melnick nominated McKenna, author of SUPERBUG, because she is “a really calm, informed and authoritative voice on public health. She’s also a leading expert on drug-resistant bacteria and PTSD.” McKenna writes columns for Scientific American as well.

Ginny Barbour (@GinnyBarbour)
Chief editor of the online medical journal PLOS Medicine, Barbour is “just fantastic,” said Melnick. Her Twitter account mostly features links to PLOS content, but if you’re always looking for the latest health news, that’s not a bad thing. Previously Barbour worked at The Lancet, one of the most respected medical journals in the world.

Brene Brown (@BreneBrown)
“She ‘hacks into our lives for a living.’ Studying the complexities of shame and vulnerability, Brown gave us insight into the emotions that influence our work, well-being and relationships the most,” said HuffPost associate community editor Gina Ryder. The social worker and researcher‘s now famous TED talk on vulnerability has been viewed over 10.6 million times, and she has nearly 100K Twitter followers.



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Wired included: 1 individual (Nikki Finke) and 2 blogs including female contributors (Hollywood Prospectus — Ana Marie Cox; Cartoon Brew — Chappell Ellison).

In this category especially, they missed sooooo many:

Emily Nussbaum (@emilynussbaum)
You don’t need to own a TV to learn things from New Yorker critic Emily Nussbaum’s tweets — about television but also about writing and ranting and humor and passion and how to think a little bit better. Nussbaum on Twitter is a show and an education.

Heather Havrilesky (@hhavrilesky
Havrilesky is best known for her TV writing, including but not limited to her “Mad Men” recaps for Salon and her near perfect New York Times Magazine “Riff” on “Girls” and girls. Count on Havrilesky to provide spot-on analysis of why some young actresses are beloved and some are hated, why novels need unlikeable male characters and how Fifty Shades is really all about the helicopters and baubles.

Alyssa Rosenberg (@AlyssaRosenberg)
Features editor and critic at ThinkProgress, Rosenberg is a columnist for Women and Hollywood and has written for Slate and other outlets. She “always has a thoughtful take on pop culture news happenings, no matter how trivial or important,” said HuffPost TV West Coast editor Maggie Furlong. She’s also fast. “If something happens, I look for her take within the hour, and it usually feels like something that would’ve taken a week to research and marinate on,” said Furlong.

Ayesha A. Siddiqi (@pushinghoops)
When she’s not calling out the veiled racism in the vitriol against Chris Brown ormagazines’ obsession with working lady problemsSiddiqi is on Twitter grappling with cultural questions big and small with her characteristic mix of humor and sincerity:

Linda Holmes (@nprmonkeysee)
The writer and editor behind NPR’s Monkey See culture blog, Holmes is known for her wit and creativity on Twitter, whether she is discussing the latest A-Rod drama, brilliantly teasing the next episode of her show or issuing such sage “Breaking Bad”-related admonishments as:

Latoya Peterson (@racialicious @latoyapeterson)
Peterson has been a powerful, smart and often very entertaining commenter on depictions of race in pop culture since before she started her blog, Racialicious, but that site, in addition to her work for Jezebel, Slate’s Double X, The Root, the Guardian and many, many other publications, has established her as an authority. She’s currently a John S. Knight Journalism 2012-2013 Fellow at Stanford University focusing on mobile technology and digital access.

Maria Popova (@brainpicker)
Popova’s blog, Brain Pickings, has been required reading for years. The mix of excerpts from unknown or forgotten books and striking maps and illustrations dug out of archives offer the sense of humanity and history that the fifth viral baby animal meme of the day always seems to leave us hungry for.

Maura Johnston (@maura)
Johnston, a music critic who helped found Gawker’s Idolator, publishes her own weekly online culture mag, Maura Magazine. This tweet pretty much says everything you need to know about her:


Carolina A. Miranda (@cmonstah
HuffPost Arts & Culture editor Priscilla Frank points out, first and foremost, thatfreelance art critic Miranda illustrated the MOCA debacle in GIFs. She has written for Time, ARTNews, ARCHITECT and Art in America and also does radio, where she once reported on the history of the taco.





Wired included: 1 individual (Paola Antonelli); 1 blog with female contributors (Nowness — many, including Sophie Dolan, Dana Lixenberg and Tavi Gevinson).

They missed:

Debbie Millman (@Debbie Millman)
Millman’s Design Matters podcast gets over 50,000 downloads a month on iTunes, and if you check out the list of episodes, you’ll understand why. The author, artist and brand consultant has interviewed the design world’s most creative and interesting people for four years. It would be hard to know the industry better or provide more insight into it than Millman does.

Tina Roth Eisenberg (@swissmiss)
Eisenberg, “Swiss designer gone NYC,” is the creator of the to-do app TeuxDeux, the Creative Mornings breakfast lecture seriesStudiomates (a collaborative designer workspace) and Tattly, a line of “designy temporary tattoos.” Between those four projects and her over 360K Twitter followers, she has considerable reach and influence.

Jaime Derringer (@Jaime Derringer @DesignMilk)
Design Milk‘s over 639K Twitter followers are a testament not just to Derringer’s social media prowess but to the curation that has made her site so popular. Covering everything from architecture to furniture design, it’s the unpretentious, vibrant modern shelter magazine that didn’t exist online… until now.

Read More:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/20/female-thinkers-you-should-know-wired-magazine-doesnt_n_3783138.html?utm_hp_ref=women&ir=Women

Inspirational Woman Of The Day: Angelina Jolie



Angelina Jolie shocked the world back in May when she announced she had a preventive double mastectomy. But there was one woman who knew her secret all along and was with the mom of six every step of the way.

Dr. Kristi Funk of the Pink Lotus Breast Center in Beverly Hills treated Jolie, 38, and speaks about the actress’ brave journey in the September issue of Los Angelesmagazine.

The Oscar winner decided to undergo a double mastectomy earlier this year after genetic tests showed her to have a high risk of developing breast cancer. Her mother, Marcheline Bertrand, died of ovarian cancerin 2007 at the age of 56.

In the piece, Funk says Jolie “waited to find the perfect timing in her personal and professional life, but I think most importantly in her soul,” to tell the world what she had done. “She is intensely private, but she calculated the moment when she would be ready to reveal something so personal.”

Funk says Jolie’s honesty about the surgery helped raise awareness and got people talking about breast cancer and the faulty gene, BRCA1 and BRCA2, that may cause it.

“When someone who is arguably the most beautiful woman in the world removes the part of her body that is symbolic of femininity and sexuality, you have to say, ‘Why would she do that?'” Funk tells the magazine.

But it was Jolie’s desire to help others that propelled her to share her secret. “She knew always that in her philanthropic core she couldn’t keep this a secret and be who she is,” says Funk. “She always knew.”

Read More:  http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20726222,00.html

Inspirational Women Of Detroit: Carman Harlan



When most people think of WDIV, they think of Carmen Harlan.

The station’s most recognizable face, Local 4’s senior anchor can be seen on Local 4 News at 5, 6 and 11 p.m. Carmen is also proud to co-host Local 4’s annual coverage of Detroit’s International Freedom Festival Fireworks and America’s Thanksgiving Parade.

Carmen started at WDIV in 1978 and, happily, says she’s “been here ever since.”

She calls the Motor City her hometown. Carmen attended Mumford High School on Detroit’s west side and graduated from the University of Michigan.

Although her storied career has had a host of achievements, she cites the time she carried the Olympic torch in the summer of 1996 her proudest moment. And she repeated the honor as the torch again passed through Detroit en route to the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Carmen’s commitment to the well-being of children, and especially her involvement with placing foster children in permanent homes, not only helped WDIV’s “Focus On Families” become a ratings success, but has inspired people to adopt children with special needs. The show was acknowledged by the state of Michigan as being the most effective recruitment tool to help place special-needs children.

When not working, Carmen enjoys time with her family and two Bouvier des Flandres dogs, Misty and Chance; cats MyLynn, a Siamese; and Rags, whom she says is “an alley cat,” but corrects that by saying, “er, a domestic shorthair.”

If you would like to contact Carmen, e-mail her at carmenh@wdiv.com

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