Grrls! Grrls! Grrls!
St. John is a typical Webgrrl, either embroiled in networking and coding or actually laying down design online. And with chapters spread internationally—everywhere from Aarhus, Denmark to Boise, ID, Webgrrls consider themselves a powerful arm on the World Wide Web front. Webgrrls is to the technology industry what N.O.W. was to feminists in the 1970s. In a word, Webgrrls are intent on not only advancing women's roles in the industry, but also standardizing practices across the board.
According to Webgrrls, "While the Web and Internet business organizations exist in every community, often the ratio of men to women is roughly 80 percent male to 20 percent female. Sometimes, only a handful of women are in attendance at these new media networking groups. Webgrrls has set out to provide a non-competitive, comfortable, supportive and nurturing environment where women can learn from other women about technology."
Similarly, the group reports, "Often when women come to a Webgrrls meeting, it is the first time they have been able to talk to other women about technology. Many women who attend Webgrrls meetings and join Webgrrls work in environments inhabited by mostly males. Others are relieved to find an atmosphere where they are not intimidated and are able to express their vulnerability in not knowing something without the fear that it will compromise their position in their job or in the industry. Others appreciate the ability to support and teach other women, being the role models and mentors that they never had."
Webgrrls has created both virtual and face-to-face networking communities where women make and are given the opportunities to learn, teach, mentor and help each other develop their professional and personal opportunities. Having all-female spaces can be a positive experience for the women who participate, allowing them the opportunity to be part of a community that focuses on sharing and giving, a rarity in any professional business setting.