San Francisco Women on the Web

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San Francisco Women on the Web (SFWOW)
Founded 1998
Type Non-governmental organization
Focus women, computer, Internet
Method training, activism

San Francisco Women on the Web (SFWOW) is a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco, California. It works to serve, educate and empower women in technology through professional development, support, and networking opportunities. In 1998, the organization created a nationally recognized awards program called the Top 25 Women on the Web, a program that continued through 2007.


San Francisco Women on the Web began as a chapter of Webgrrls. The volunteers of that chapter broke away in 1998 and formed an independent organization[1] and began discussions and paperwork to achieve nonprofit status, which they did in 2000. In 1998, while still a part of Webgrrls, the San Francisco volunteers created an awards program called the Top 25 Women on the Web, which was held up to 2001 and garnered regular press attention, including national coverage. Membership (non-dues) totaled 1807 in 2007. Volunteer-run, it organized workshops, from HTML to Java, events, monthly meetings, study groups, coffee klatches, and "scrappies" a kind of happy hour networking gathering.

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  1. ^ Laura Lambert, Hilary W. Poole, Chris Woodford, Christos J. P. Moschovitis. The Internet: A Historical Encyclopedia. ABC-CLIO, 2005, ISBN 1-85109-659-0.

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