Top 40 Websites By, For and About Women in the Workplace and Beyond


Women in the WorkplaceA few months ago, I ran across an internet article entitled Top 50 Leadership Blogs. Dr. John Warner, the author, included a valuable list of bloggers whose focus is improving leadership and management. I found the list, in order of Alexa ranking in 2012, to be a useful resource.

When I reread it a few days later, I was intrigued. The list started with Seth, Michael, Wayne, Dan and Daniel, John, Mike and Bob. By now, you probably get the picture. I realized that the most influential bloggers on this topic seem to be men. Upon closer inspection, I found that only 12 of the 50 bloggers were women—less than 25%. 

The first woman listed, Gina Abudi, was ranked number 12. The next woman, Bea Fields, was ranked number 22. This is in no way an indictment of Dr. Warner’s findings. However, it made me wonder about the influence of women on the web and the focus we place on their work. Because of this question, I actively began to look for internet content by, for and about women.

As we launch Women’s Learning Studio, our theme for the month of December is gifts and celebration. As my gift to you, I searched for my favorite female bloggers and career sites for women. In doing so, I celebrate their outstanding contributions.

I could not include everyone. If your favorites were not included, please mention them below.

85 Broads 85 Broads is a professional women’s network  committed to global economic empowerment for women.  Blogs appear on
Gina Abudi Abudi Consulting Group, LLC provides project and process management and IT strategy to businesses and organizations. Her blogs focus on those topics.
Irene Becker My friend Irene is a dynamo whose 3Q Edge Coaching, Consulting and Training site consistently provides quality leadership content. It is highly regarded for good reason.
Meghan Biro Meghan Biro, who is a regular columnist at Forbes and Glassdoor, writes about a variety of career issues that shape the human side of business including leadership, recruiting, workplace culture, social community, branding, and social media in HR.
The Boss Network The Boss Network is devoted to “Bringing Out Successful Sisters.” Their mission is to promote and encourage the small business spirit and professional development of women.  Blogs run the gamut from career topics to personal branding to consumer decisions.
Brazen Careerist’s blog Penelope Trunk, also mentioned below, owns this site, but many contributors provide very practical information for women in the workplace.
Rebel Brown Rebel Brown, who is a regular contributor to Lead With Giants Google+ community, applies neuroscience findings to business and leadership.  Her question is: What could we do if we had no limits?
Catalyst Catalyst Research Centers provide valuable information related to women and the workplace. Its mission is to expand opportunities for women and business by creating inclusive workplaces. Its blogs reflects that mission.
Change the Ratio Rachel Sklar and Emily Gannett organized Change the Ratio in 2010 to increase visibility, access and opportunity for women in technology and news media. It is a private membership site by, for and about women.  Interesting Change the Ratio content is on Tumblr.  at changetheratio.
Chic CEO The Chic CEO site provides useful guides and basic information for women who want to start a business, invent a product or buy a franchise.  Their “Thought Leaders” write content for the blog. However, a large part of the content is found on on the Chic CEO page.
Lolly Daskal Lolly Daskal always provides thought-provoking and inspiring content for leaders. Her vast social media audience includes men and women at all levels of leadership. Lolly is founder of Lead From Within, a global consultancy company providing coaching and counseling services.
Dutiee Dutiee is an extensive collection of articles designed to help people launch and expand social startups.  One of the sections focuses on funding for people in the business of doing good. Because of the information and nature of many of the startups, Forbes named Dutiee as one of the 100 Best Websites for Women in 2013.
Founding Moms Jill Salzman, founder of Founding Moms, began with a series of meetups for a small group of mom entrepreneurs. The purpose was to swap start-up stories, interact with business experts, and build personal and professional connections. Founding Moms meet offline, but the website offers an informative blog and information about upcoming events.  
Forbes Woman Forbes Woman is an online magazine offering valuable articles on a wide range of career, leadership, social and personal topics.
Glass Hammer The Glass Hammer is an online community designed for women executives in financial services, law and business. A variety of contributors offer useful content to “inform, empower and inspire” professional women.
Charlee Hanna My friend Charlee Hanna is a management consultant in Leadership and Team Development. As an avid rafter, she loves to teach leadership on the river. Her blog offers meaningful and thought-provoking content.
Terri Klass Terri Klass offers regular tips and valuable suggestions for transformational leaders as she focuses on topics such as authentic leadership, empowerment, change management, mentoring and team building.
Kate Nasser Kate’s visually and mentally stimulating articles on leadership, thriving in change, customer service, people-skills, teamwork and careers are both practical and insightful.  Her People Skills chats and social media following are extensive.
Debbe Kennedy Debbe Kennedy lists her articles in four categories: Putting Our Differences to Work, Women in the Lead Inspiration Blogs, Global Dialogue Center Perspectives and World Vision Dialogues. The articles are intellectually stimulating conversations that offer practical applications for  women and leaders around the globe.
Lean in Lean In, based on ideas from the Sheryl Sandberg book of the same name, offers opportunities for women to connect in support of women in the workplace and at home.  Many contributors pen articles that span all areas of work and family life with the goal of telling women’s stories and improving women’s lives.
Learned on Andrea Learned’s blog deals with sustainability-focused communications and social content strategy. You can also find her in-depth articles on women, sustainability and social marketing in Huffington Post and other journals.
Alexandra Levit Alexandra Levit’s Water Cooler Wisdom offers advice on many career topics. She says her goal is to help people find meaningful jobs – quickly and simply – and to succeed beyond measure once they get there. A former columnist for the Wall Street Journal, Alexandra writes on everything workplace—from mistakes new managers make to using Excel spreadsheets.
Susan Mazza Susan Mazza’s Random Acts of Leadership blog explores the idea that leadership involves random acts of kindness. She says that it is the “small stuff” that make the biggest difference.  Her blogs are inspirational and beneficial for leaders.
Martina McGowan Martina is a physician specializing in obstetrics and gynecology. Her meaningful blogs consist of musings and affirmations that describe and support her strong religious convictions. They also provide inspiration for learners and leaders.
Donna Merrill Tribe Donna’s niche is online marketing, particularly blogging. She offers rich content about blogging and social media. The site is particularly useful for newbies, but it includes valuable ideas for experienced bloggers and online entrepreneurs.
Dr. Janice Presser Dr. Janice Presser, CEO of the Gabriel Institute, provides extensive information on collaborative teams and teaming. Her articles on leadership focus on the idea that to be a good leader, you have to be a good team player. She also offers career tools.
LaRae Quy LaRae is a former FBI counterintelligence and undercover agent who draws on her vast experience to write about leadership, emotional intelligence and mental toughness. Her blogs offer valuable insights into how to navigate the sometimes-treacherous world of work.
Deb Scott Deb Scott is very active in social media and has a very popular radio/podcast show that focuses on self help and motivational thinking. It also delves into behavioral science to support her inspiring ideas. Her less active blog compliments this body of work.
Lisa Shelley Lisa Shelley writes leadership blogs for Switch and Shift (the Human Side of Business) and SAP: Business Innovation. She includes topics relevant to women in leadership roles. Her focus is systems thinking, and conscious business.
Stiletto Woman Stiletto Woman is a print and digital magazine for women transitioning into entrepreneurship. Its mission is to empower women to dream bigger and lead with confidence. Its business and career blogs address a wealth of topic helpful for working women.
Jesse Lyn Stoner Jesse Lyn Stoner, founder of Seapoint Center for Collaborative Leadership, presents intellectually stimulation, helpful and insightful information for leaders. Her emphasis is on collaboration, transparency and stewardship. Her blog is widely read for good reason.
Liz Strauss The range of topics and number of contributors on Liz Strauss’ site is extensive. The blog topics include articles as diverse as Inside-Out Thinking, Business Life, Blog Basics, Marketing/ Sales and Strategy/Analysis.
Dana Theus My friend Dana Theus generates enough high quality and research-based information to support two excellent sites: and  On InPower Women, she says, “It’s time for a new narrative on women and power. Help us write it! (literally).  A significant number of contributors provide fresh and informative articles for women in the workplace. Her other site offers a vast amount of information on leadership from the inside out.
Penelope Trunk Sometimes controversial, always interesting, Penelope Trunk writes a career advice column that runs in 200 newspapers. Her content includes information on management, entrepreneurship, blogging, finding and excelling at a career.
Women’s eNews The journalists at compile a far-reaching digital magazine with articles about and of interest to a wide variety of women. In addition to topics such as Culture & Tradition, Media, and Health & Science, their section on Work & Labor offers articles of current interest that help women work more knowledgeably and more successfully.
Ellen Weber Dr. Ellen Weber focuses on neuroscience and leadership. Her very thorough, informative and often-entertaining articles offer clues to more successful and more personally rewarding leadership. Ellen studies and advocates brain-based strategies to increase motivation and innovation.
Webgrrls Webgrrls is a membership site for women in technology. They describe the site as TechSpeak for Entrepreneurs. A number of blogs describe Webgrrls chats dealing with media and technology questions. This site can be very valuable for women entrepreneurs and women in tech businesses.
Women2.0 Women 2.0 offers online events and a job board. However, its Life, Startups and Technology sections include valuable articles for entrepreneurs, managers and female investors.
Women Entrepreneurs A variety of contributors write articles for the Women Entrepreneur page of The page includes useful guides for startups, managers and HR professionals. The page for women focuses on career success.
Women for Hire Women for Hire concentrates on helping women find jobs. With events, a job board and career resources, the site can help women who want to find a suitable position.
BONUS #41Women on Business Susan Gunelius, owner and editor-in-chief of Women on Business, offers a rich assortment of career and workplace articles for leaders and small business owners.  Many talented contributors submit articles for the blog. Susan encourages authors to submit content for inclusion.



5 replies
  1. Doris Reeves-Lipscomb
    Doris Reeves-Lipscomb says:

    Lyn, your post recognizes great web contributors, helps me learn, and gives me new human resources to draw on. It deserves a curl up on the couch and “Wonder Hour” or two!
    I would like to add four more to your list:
    Nancy White—; @nancywhite. Can’t say enough good things about Nancy; she is loved and admired by all who know her. Her blog is rich with practice-related resources—ideas, people with ideas, people we would like to follow and know better– for everyone interested in CoP and network design facilitation and stewardship (see her book on Digital Habitats).
    Jane Hart—; @C4LPT. Jane is the Founder of the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies (C4LPT), one of the world’s most visited learning sites on the Web (well-deserved lead-in on her website) See more at: She authors the annual guide to top 100 learning tools, an outstanding resource for anyone involved in PD, adult learning, etc.
    Beth Kanter—; @kanter. I have followed Beth for ten years since I joined NTEN (Nonprofit Technology Network). She was then experimenting with hashtags at NTEN to bring together practitioners in the nonprofit community online with the #nten tag. She continues to break new ground every day for nonprofits using social media. See her two books: The Networked Nonprofit and Measuring the Networked Nonprofit for applying and adapting her ideas for organizations of all types.
    Maria Popova—; @brainpicker. This is the lead-in to the feature that Bruce Feiler, NYT, did on Popova in 2012: “SHE is the mastermind of one of the faster growing literary empires on the Internet, yet she is virtually unknown. She is the champion of old-fashioned ideas, yet she is only 28 years old. She is a fierce defender of books…” For sheer pleasure, read Maria Popova.

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