There is precious little more daunting in a journalist’s career than being a woman or non-binary person in tech and debuting on International Women’s day. Though, these things need to happen and I am proud and humbled to announce that I am now a member of the IrishTech team! My background is in technology of all forms; mobiles, laptops and gaming. You may have already found me around the internet and on Twitter as @ThisIsSpecious and on websites like Big Boss Battle or Android Central.
To kick off my first piece for IrishTech, I will talk to you about the women in technology who you should keep your eyes on!
There are a tremendous amount of women doing wonderful things in gaming journalism at the moment. So, when making these lists it is nearly always impossible to narrow them down to a top three. To bring new people to your attention, I’m making sure that in these listings these are the women who don’t have a huge following and whose work deserve more attention.
#InternationalWomensDay is such a beautiful celebration of the incredible women in this world doing great work and being wonderful people. There are so many that I want to mention!
— Amanda Farough (@AmandaFarough) March 8, 2019
Amanda is one of those unique people in the industry who will have been behind a lot of your favourite sites and yet you may not have realised it. She is now the Managing Editor of GameDailyBiz and the Editor-in-Chief of SuperParentHQ. She is a founder of her own Discord server where she helps young writers in their journey through journalism. She is an endlessly giving and nurturing person, and a phenomenal writer and editor. She is a determined person, dedicated to her team and to delivering precise and informative content.
You can find a link to all of Amanda’s work right here.
A lot of good women have helped me, knowingly or unknowingly, since I started writing. These women are also doing really good things, and you should go listen to what they say and read what they write.
— Reb Valentine (@duckvalentine) March 8, 2019
I will always have a soft spot for Reb as I have had the pleasure of working with her in other publications but that is for a great reason. Reb has a writing style that is just a pleasure to read and connect with. Now that she has found a home with Gamesindustry.biz she has found a space where she can deep dive into the heart of the gaming industry’s biggest issues and will take you with her for that journey.
You can find Reb and her work over at Gamesindustry.biz.
Here’s where to find me on various spots on the internet, including how to support my work:
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— Tanya DePass ⚔️🛡🗡 🔜 SXSW (@cypheroftyr) February 3, 2019
Director of I Need Diverse Games, Twitch Partner, Conference Speaker, Diversity Liaison for GaymerX, is someone who should need no introduction – but somehow is still one of the most underestimated women in the video games scene. You don’t have to look too far to realise that this woman is in everything that is worth having a name on; DnD streams, Logitech team. ’s ambition in life is to make the gaming world a more inclusive one for everyone to enjoy.
You can find out all about Tayna and how to support her work here.
Some argue that there aren’t a lot of women in mobile journalism. I’m here to debunk that myth and showcase some of the best and brightest that the tech scene has seen. By there being more women writing and talking about tech, we can unravel the complicated knot that is women in technology. There are lots of reasons why women don’t get a predominant say in mobile technology. Much like games, they see us as being non-existent in the space, however, there are many women being involved from all levels. I will introduce you to some of the best women in the mobile space you may never have heard of.
I got a few comments that my comparison of Android Slices to a box of pizza were spot on 🍕 https://t.co/YOWUnkIbnO
— Florence “U4EA” Ion (@Ohthatflo) March 7, 2019
You may recognise Florence’s name from her Android Central days where she was one of the most influential writers on the platform. We can also find her work in PCWorld and Ars Technica to name but a few. If there’s a major publication, I can guarantee you that Florence has written for them. A monolith in the tech world, she has now gone freelance with her own work. Bringing her unique style and flare to her new podcast All about Android.
You can keep an eye on Florence and all of her work over here.
To all the women who shine with compassion, strength & FIGHT LIKE A GIRL… Happy #InternationalWomensDay
Badass art by @heyjenbartel pic.twitter.com/eMWGvDu0cX
— Trisha Hershberger 🔜 SXSW (@thatgrltrish) March 8, 2019
One half of the Newegg Livestream crew, Trish is one of those women who can put her hand to anything she touches. A talented Youtuber, she dissects everything you need to know about tech, gaming and everything in-between. As an avid PC fan, she can bring her unique perspective to the Newegg family to talk about the best and worst of mobile and PC hardware. If you haven’t looked at her content and you are a PC person – you are missing out.
You can catch Trisha over at Newegg.com or at her personal YouTube.
It’s time for the #iMoreShow! Join @reneritchie @mikahsargent and @Appaholik LIVE as we talk about the merits of changing our last names to “Apple.” https://t.co/w3ceOk7L0s
— iMore (@iMore) March 8, 2019
Lory is the powerhouse behind iMore. As managing editor for iMore she runs a tight ship with getting the cutting edge of Apple content out for you all to read. All this hard work can often come under acknowledged given she is the gears behind the machine. If there is a post on iMore, you can be certain that she has had something to do with it. Be it editing or scheduling, she’s had a hand in making that site work as streamlined as it is. So give her a follow and tell her that Spec sent you.
You can find Lory and all of her work over at iMore.
While I know that there are plenty of people who I’ve missed, who are the people who you think deserve recognition? Let me know in the comments down below with their twitter handles or articles so we can all share the great work that’s created by women in the industry.