Be Inspired: 30 Female-Identifying Coders You Should be Following on Twitter
One of the best ways to grow as a developer is to get involved in the tech community. By meeting, mingling with, and following people who inspire you, you set yourself up to continue evolving, coming up with new ideas, and staying on top of industry trends.
Conferences can be a great way to do this, but it isn’t always feasible to attend in-person events. Twitter, on the other hand, is free and immediately available. What better way to join the conversation?
If you’re looking for some amazing technologists to follow, these 30 female-identifying developers will make a solid addition to your feed. They are forging a path for thousands of women in the tech industry and dropping some hard-earned knowledge along the way.
Rebecca Garcia has a mission to help women reach the top of the tech industry. She is a self-taught developer and was a former developer evangelist at Squarespace before helping found, CoderDojo NYC, a volunteer non-profit running free monthly workshops for web, game and app development for youth ages 7 to 17. Today she is a career coach, a public speaker, and a podcaster.
Sophia Ciocca is an alum of Fullstack Academy’s Grace Hopper program, and she currently works as a software engineer for The New York Times. Ciocca is also an essayist, publishing insightful and honest Medium posts about tech, feminism, and love.
Vicky Twomey-Lee is passionate about Python, the tech community, and diversity in the tech industry. Based in Ireland, she organizes or is involved with almost a dozen tech meetups and conferences. If you are an aspiring female coder, you’ll find Twomey-Lee’s feed a veritable goldmine.
Julia Grace is the senior director of infrastructure engineering at Slack and an advisor to Sara Chipp’s Jewelbots. Grace also counsels startups on all areas of growing a company. Follow her on Twitter and you’ll understand why her advice is so highly valued.
Reshma Saujani is the founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, a nonprofit that offers free learning opportunities, career pathways, and a community for girls who want to enter the world of tech. She is also an activist and a New York Times bestselling author.
Gina Trapani is a developer and serial entrepreneur. Currently, she works as a senior partner at Postlight and in the past founded Lifehacker, Makerbase, and ThinkUp. Trapani speaks at several conferences each year and consistently has her writing featured in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.
Chloe Condon is an actor-turned-engineer who worked as a developer evangelist for Sentry and has recently started a job with Microsoft. She tweets regularly about women in tech and also blogs on Medium, where you should check out her most popular post, “What It’s Like to Be a Woman at a Tech Conference.”
Amber Conville runs self.conference, a career and self-development conference for tech-minded folks. She spends her days as a software developer for Test Double and is a huge part of the software community: When she isn’t running her own conference, you’ll find her at many other similar events around the world.
Tracy Lee, or Lady Leet as she is known on Twitter, is a Google Developer Expert and co-founder of This Dot Media and This Dot Labs. As well as tweeting regularly about the tech world, Lee sits on several nonprofit boards and advises startup executives and investors through Venture Hacked.
Una Kravets is the director of product design at Bustle. She’s also a Google Developer Expert and the cohost of Toolsday, a bi-weekly podcast about the world of tech. She writes cool, informative pieces on her blog and speaks at several design and development conferences every year.
Mina Markham is a senior front-end engineer at Slack. She also worked on Hillary Clinton’s landmark presidential campaign (which she wrote about on Medium). Markham is a regular keynote speaker and has appeared at SaaS Summit, Distill, Midwest.io, and Front-End Design Conference.
Aline Lerner is the engineer-turned-recruiter-turned-founder of Interviewing.io, a platform that helps leading companies find the best developers. With regular tweets about the state of the industry and women in tech, Lerner is a must-follow for any aspiring developer looking to get the most from their career.
Linda Liukas is a programmer, author, illustrator, speaker, and activist. She is most famous for writing and illustrating the world’s only code-focused children’s book series, “Hello Ruby,” and for founding Rails Girls, a global movement that helps young women around the world learn to code.
Tracy Chou is a software engineer, entrepreneur, and diversity advocate who currently advises a number of startups. Previously, she was an engineer and tech lead at Pinterest and one of the first engineers at Quora. Chou has done more than her fair share to push diversity in the tech industry, even creating a Github repository in 2013 that collected numbers on women in engineering.
Pamela Fox is a front-end developer and senior content curator at Khan Academy. Eager to pass on her love of coding, she also leads computer science classes on a volunteer basis at UC Berkeley.
Leah Culver is a Swift and Python developer and the co-founder and CTO of Breaker, a leading podcast app. She is an open source advocate and co-author of OAuth and oEmbed.
Sarah Allen has had an enormous impact on the online world by helping to develop products such as After Effects, Shockwave, and Flash. She has worked at Apple and Adobe and founded both the mobile development firm Blazing Cloud and the nonprofit Bridge Foundry.
Nicole Sullivan is a web developer and project manager for Chrome. But that’s just her day job. She is also a keynote speaker, author, and the founder of CSSConf. Follow her for insightful tweets about code, politics, and life in general.
Kimberly Bryant is an engineer and public speaker, and the founder and CEO of the nonprofit Black Girls Code, which fosters, through after-school programs and workshops, a love of coding in young black girls. Bryant is passionate about increasing diversity in the tech industry, and as a result, her Twitter feed is a treasure trove of inspiration.
Poornima Vijayashanker is an engineer, entrepreneur, blogger, and speaker. She is the founder of Femgineer--an education company that empowers progressive techies to achieve fulfilling careers--and previously worked at Mint. Vijayashanker has even found the time to publish two books on tech, and even hosts a weekly web show called “Build.”
Lea Coligado is the founder of the photo series Women of Silicon Valley, which was created to showcase women and gender non-conforming people in the industry. Coligado is an engineer at Google and has put in an exhaustive number of hours pushing the company toward a culture that’s more diverse, more inclusive, and more willing to reward employees who champion intersectional equity in the tech industry.
Lauren Pittenger is a designer and developer at LBDesign. She shares her knowledge at several conferences throughout the year and writes openly about life on her personal blog.
Amy Hoy is a developer, entrepreneur, and creator of several awesome products, such as Stacking the Bricks and Freckle. Hoy is big on bootstrapping and offers fantastic advice if you want to code and bootstrap your own product.
Laura Thomson is the senior director of engineering at Mozilla and a PHP rockstar. She is the author of several tech books and has literally written the book on PHP and MYSQL web development.
Jen Dewalt is an awesome developer and serial creator. She is the founder of Zube.io, a project management platform for teams, and once famously made 180 websites in 180 days. Although that project is now more than 5 years old, it remains an exceptional resource.
Mehvish Mushtaq was the first woman from Kashmir to develop an Android app—Dial Kashmir, a directory that brings business listings, prayer timings, and other services to individuals across the state. She is also a tech writer who has been featured in a number of publications.
Janie Larson is a lot of things: She's an entrepreneur, the author of the Metal Programming Guide, an iOS developer, a blogger, and a regular speaker at conferences. When she’s not sharing knowledge and stories from her career on stage, you can bet she’s sharing them publicly on Twitter.
Gloria Kimbwala is a developer and speaker who is intent on getting more women and people from minority backgrounds into tech. She is a graduate of Square’s College Code Camp and now runs the program, immersing female college students in the world of tech through a five-day course.
Lyndsey Scott is an actress, international model, and developer. When she isn’t on screen or on the catwalk, Scott is programming iOS apps for clients. And if that weren’t enough, she has also ranked in the top two percent of question answerers on Stack Overflow.
We hope we’ve led you to some fresh follows on Twitter. To make sure you’re always up on what’s happening in the programming world, be sure to follow Fullstack Academy, too, where we share blog posts on how to grow as a developer (no matter where you are in your journey), post alum and instructor stories, and talk about important industry trends.