Celebrating International Women’s Day with 100+ women in government technology

By / Mar 8, 2011

Secretary Clinton Launches the “100 Women Initiative: Empowering Women and Girls through International Exchanges"

Secretary Clinton Launches the “100 Women Initiative: Empowering Women and Girls through International Exchanges"

Today is International Women’s Day. Women’s organizations around the world will be celebrating and talking about all kinds of women’s issues, including our Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who launched a bold new initiative. People might tweet about it and the fact that it’s the 100th anniversary. One of the many positive things that come from the day is acknowledgment of many achievements made by great women over time.

We have some amazing women doing great work in government innovation, and GovTwit’s Steve Lunceford reminded me that it’s been nearly a year since we highlighted these women on GovFresh, so this seemed like a good time to update the list. If you know of women who aren’t on it and should be, please note their names in the comments. And if you have Twitter IDs for them, even better. I’m maintaining a gov20women Twitter list where they can all be found and contacted easily.

Secretary Clinton may be the most prominent American voice on behalf of women around the world, but she is not the only one, and it’s important that we continue highlighting the work done by these women around the country and around the world every day to promote not only equality and human rights, but also innovation and openness in government.

Secretary Clinton’s International Women’s Day video message:

Sarah Granger has 20 years of experience in the intersection of technology and government, including policy, politics, new media and open democracy projects. An award-winning writer and new media strategist, she is a contributing editor at techPresident, The Huffington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle at SFGate.com. She was a contributing author of Ethical Hacking and she has edited four books on government 2.0, mobile security, cryptography and biometrics. Sarah is the former Project Director for the Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility, and she served as a senior strategist for Project One Page, a smart crowdsourcing platform. Previously, Sarah directed the first blog launched by a national politician, and she worked in cybersecurity for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and California Maritime Academy after finishing a degree in "Technology & Society" at the University of Michigan. She advises public sector organizations on new media and technology through PublicEdge. Last year, Sarah led a Core Conversation at South by Southwest Interactive on "Whitehouse.gov 2.0: Upgrading to Open Source Government." She has been a speaker or organizer for Gov 2.- Expo, Gov 2.0 Camp LA, Netroots Nation, 140 Twitter, Cybersalon, ACM Policy, U.S. Policies for the Information Society, CA Data Camp and the Computers, Freedom and Privacy conference. She served as a delegate to the World Summit on the Information Society at the U.N. in Geneva in 2003 and she is a council member of the U.S. Association for Computing Machinery (USACM) public policy committee and digital government working group. Sarah can be found at SarahGranger.com and on Twitter as @sarahgranger.

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