Women bloggers of science

I have come to know some excellent women bloggers who write eloquently about science in various fora, so I was a bit mystified by recent observations that they seem to be underrepresented in the more prominent blogging networks (which are proliferating a bit these days). Martin Robbins, who is now part of the Guardian’s new network of science bloggers, has crowdsourced this excellent list of female science bloggers. Know any that are missing?

[Update: The list is growing, of course, so follow the #wsb hashtag if you are on twitter, and the comments thread on Martin’s post.]

A recent blog post by Jenny Rohn observed that ‘celebrated science bloggers are predominantly male’, and points to the fact that across the various science blogging collectives – including our fledgling efforts here at the Guardian, although I can tell you we certainly tried to get a fair balance – there is a distinct over-abundance of Y chromosomes.

So like the armchair activist I am, I created a hashtag on Twitter – #wsb – and asked people to help me come up with a list. Over the next several hours, more than a hundred replies came in, and beautifully, the tag became an impromptu celebration of women in science blogging.

Here’s the resulting list:

(In alphabetical order of first name. Please post any errors or people I’ve missed in the comments, preferably with a URL where I can find their blog.)



(With particular thanks to: @alicebell, @smallcasserole, @sarahkendrew, @scicurious, @biochembelle, @geekingambia, @jomarchant, @aetiology, @BecCrew, @droenn, @tdelene, @hpringle, @kateclancy, @oanasandu, @elakdawalla, @tkingdoll, @anthinpractice,@hpringle and @culturingsci.)

That’s 86 women science bloggers – clearly no shortage – so why aren’t they breaking through and gaining more prominence?

What do you think, and who have I missed in the list above?


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