Rise of the Female Geek

This is the latest post in our series, TwitterPowerhouses, which focuses on the contributions of people who've helped to expand, influence, and redefine how we view social networking.

We agree with the words of author Nina Krebs: "A woman with drive and commitment to make something happen doesn't do well with restrictive comments like 'This is the way we've always done it.'" This can be seen in the achievements of Jeannette Rankin, Mary Church Terrell, Alicia Dickerson Montemayor, Sheryl Sandberg, Corizon Aquino, Benazir Bhutto, and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. We all stand on the shoulders of these women, and countless others who've given immeasurable substance to our lives. Accomplished, forward-thinking, goal-oriented women. From whose legacies we receive knowledge; and from whose spirits receive strength.

Like them, the dynamic females we've profiled also have an unshakable passion for education, fueled in part by the historical examples that inspire us, and by the contemporary tools they're using to make each of them a leader in this young millennium. However you say it - geekdom or geekery - these women live it, promote it, breathe it, personify it. The impact of female geeks is often ignored, or, intentionally given "special mention" status. Neither reality is acceptable. Yes, the authors of this post can generally spot a female geek in a crowd.

This is why we know you'll love the women in this piece. They take, but they give more. They're dream merchants, tech enthusiasts, industry professionals, mentors, motivational speakers, business visionaries and wordsmiths, and their social media presence excites us. They create opportunities for themselves and others, and they stand as beautiful examples of what is possible, and certainly probable, when you explore the depth and scope of your talents and skills. They use their influence to make an impact, moving humanity in a positive direction and embracing the very best. Oh yeah...and they rock too!

In case you missed it, here's Part 17 of the series: 16 Health Experts To Check Out On Twitter.

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