The WordPress community is a huge, diverse and inclusive community, and what makes it so great are the inspiring wonder women who have contributed to growing this platform. Today, let’s find out more about these remarkable women in WordPress, and take a moment to appreciate all that they have done to contribute to our community.
1. Andrea Middleton
Andrea Middleton is one of the most valuable contributors to the WordPress open source project, both as a WordCamp organizer and as Community Organizer at Automattic. Although she is now involved with Reddit, she has organized several successful WordPress meetups, WordCamps and more.
2. Josepha Haden Chomphosy
As the Executive Director of the WordPress project, Josepha Haden Chomphosy is one of the most inspiring and influential wonder women in WordPress. She has organized several WordCamps and even gave several interesting speeches such as Talking To Robots, and Using WordPress to Bridge Digital Divides.
Besides organizing tons of WordCamp events, Josepha Haden has played an incredible role in coordinating and guiding volunteer efforts for the WordPress ecosystem, as well as handling volunteer training programs and diversity initiatives.
Perhaps one of her most notable contributions has been as one of the Founding Members of Kansas City Women In Technology organization, which is dedicated to training, mentoring and providing opportunities for women in the tech industry.
In addition to this, Josepha Haden Chomphosy is the Lead of Open Source Division and Community Wrangler at Automattic, which, if you already didn’t know, is the globally distributed company founded by Matt Mullenweg himself, the founder of WordPress.org itself.
3. Sara Rosso
With more than 20 years of work experience in the tech industry under her belt, Sara Rosso is an inspiration to all. She has worked for several renowned companies such as Hewlett-Packard and Ogilvy, and was formerly the Director of Marketing at Automattic.
She has been featured in multiple renowned publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC News, The Huffington Post and more, for her contributions to the tech field, and is one of the founding members of the Women In Business networking group at Santa Clara University. She is also one of the founding members of Girls Geek Dinners, an organization that promotes women’s participation in the tech industry with over 80 chapters in various countries all over the world.
With so many contributions in the tech industry, Sara Rosso is without a doubt one of the most remarkable women in WordPress that you should follow.
4. Angela Jin
Angela Jin is a WordPress community strategist sponsored by Automattic. She has also helped organize several WordCamp events, and has given several interesting speeches too. Besides this, Angela Jin is the Super Deputy and Mentor for WordCamp Central, and currently manages the Programs and Contributor Experience focus for Automattic’s Five for the Future sponsored division.
5. Naoko Takano
Next up on our list of inspiring women in WordPress is Naoko Takano, who is not only a Globalizer at Automattic, but also one of the Polyglots Team Global Mentor for the WordPress open source project. Takano has immense contributions in the community, from arranging WordCamps to contributing to the Documentation and Polyglots teams, Support team and much more. She was also one of the Global Leads for WordCamp Asia 2020-2021, and Japanese Team Locale Manager & General Translation Editor (GTE).
6. Rocio Valdivia
Deputy of the WordPress Global Community Team, Rocio Valdivia is a WordPress and BuddyPress developer who plays an integral role in the WordPress project. She is currently employed at Automattic as Open Source Strategies and Community Wrangler, and is directly involved with organizing and managing WordCamp events all over the world.
7. Afshana Diya
Afshana Diya is the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of WPDeveloper, a dedicated product company for WordPress with more than 3 million users worldwide. However, her journey with WordPress began with blogging way back in 2009.
Since then, Afshana Diya has not only organized the first Dhaka WordCamp in 2019, she has also spoken in many WordCamps including WordCamp Singapore, WordCamp Iloilo 2019. After all these contributions, Afshana is now working as Global Community Deputy and Mentor for Make WordPress.
Most notably, Afshana Diya is one of the most influential WordPress enthusiasts in her local community who has inspired countless people from Bangladesh to become more involved with the WordPress project
8. Mika Ariela Epstein
Another incredible WordPress contributor that you should definitely follow is Mika Ariela Epstein. A true WordPress guru, she has experience in offering top-notch support, has spoken at several WordCamps, and contributed to the WordPress project in several areas such as Documentation, Core, Meta, Support and more.
Most notably, she is part of the WordPress Plugin Review team, and therefore is extremely influential in the community. As of now, Mika Epstein currently works at DreamHost as a full-stack WordPress developer and is the co-founder of LezWatch.TV, one of the largest databases of queer female, non-binary, & transgender TV shows and web series.
9. Lisa Sabin-Wilson
Lisa Sabin-Wilson is a renowned author, entrepreneur and WordPress enthusiast. Some of her bestselling books include WordPress for Dummies, BuddyPress For Dummies, WordPress All In One For Dummies, and WordPress Web Design For Dummies. If you are new to the WordPress ecosystem and want to learn everything there is to know, her books are incredible resources with helpful information that you should definitely check out.
Besides being a famous author on all things WordPress, Lisa Sabin-Wilson has also helped organize several WordCamps and has been an inspiring WordCamp speaker during many events.
That’s not the only reason why she is in our list of 30 most remarkable women in WordPress. Lisa Sabin-Wilson is also the co-founder and Chief Operations Officer (COO) of WebDevStudios, a renowned company that provides WordPress web development services.
10. Courtney P.K
Another notable contributor to the WordPress open source project is Courtney P.K. Her contributions include organizing WordCamp events, WordPress Meetup events, contributing to WordPress.tv, and much more. Currently, she works at Automattic as Community Organizer.
11. Nile Flores
Nile Flores is a WordPress developer and designer who has many notable contributions to the WordPress open source project as Translation Editor, Translation Contributor, Plugin Developer, WordCamp Speaker and Organizer.
She has worked for several notable companies such as Yoast and WP Fix It, and has several years of experience as a SEO consultant, support engineer and more. You can learn more about her on her website at Blondish.net.
12. Kathy Drewien
Kathy Drewien has been an incredible part of the WordPress community since 2009, and is the founder of Kathy Drewien & Company, which she describes in her own words as ‘a rescue shelter for abandoned, broken, ugly, orphaned, and non-productive websites’. She is a Community Contributor for WordPress open source project, and has organized several WordCamps and WordPress Meetups for well over a decade.
13. Kim Doyal
Kim Doyal is a renowned marketer, content creator, web developer and WordPress enthusiast, famously known for her popular podcast “The WPChick Podcast”. She began her lifestyle business back in 2008 and built her brand around WordPress by offering solutions, building websites for clients and creating content for all things WordPress.
Although she said goodbye to “The WPChick” back in 2018, she continues to offer content marketing services to entrepreneurs and startups and as a business coach.
14. Christine Rondeau
Christine Rondeau is a WordPress web developer who has not only contributed to the open source project as a Theme Developer, but has also organized several WordCamp events. For nearly 20 years, she provided web development services to graphic designers through her own company Bluelime Media.
15. Helen Hou-Sandí
Anyone who is interested in WordPress must follow Helen Hou-Sandí. She is currently the Senior Software Engineering Manager at GitHub, and is also one of the five lead developers for WordPress open source project. She was also the Director of Open Source Initiatives at 10UP, a leading WordPress development and strategy agency.
As one of the five lead developers for WordPress.org, she is responsible for driving engineering execution on feature and tool development; major architectural decisions; mentorship, coaching, and much more.
In addition to all of the above, Helen Hou-Sandi is also a renowned classical pianist who has performed extensively worldwide. So, it is no surprise that her name belongs in the list of remarkable women in WordPress.
16. Tammie Lister
Tammie Lister is a well-known figure in the WordPress community for her worldclass web development and design skills. Previously a Theme Wrangler at Automattic, she is currently the Senior Product Designer at XWP and contributes to the WordPress open source project as part of the Theme Team, Accessibility Contributor, Design and much more.
17. Eileen Lonergan
Eileen Lonergan is the Co-Founder of Elegant Marketplace, but she had been working with WordPress for several years before that. She has years of professional experience in WordPress website design, internet marketing, SEO and social media services.
18. Tammy Grant
With over two decades of WordPress web development and programming experience, Tammy Grant is definitely one of the most incredible women in WordPress you should follow. Founder and director of Sunflower Creatives, Tammy’s business specializes in building stunning WordPress websites and developing child themes.
Perhaps one of her most notable works is the training software she developed for the Royal Canadian Air Force, as well as her many contributions to defense systems from a design standpoint. If you are a WordPress enthusiast and an aspiring entrepreneur, then Tammy Grant is someone worth following.
19. Anna Segota
Next up on our list of most remarkable women in WordPress is Ana Segota, the Co-Founder of Anariel Design, a well-known web design agency for WordPress. She and her company create stunning themes for the WordPress open source project. One of their most recent contributions is their third block themes, Bricksy, a beautiful lightweight WordPress theme designed for Gutenberg editor.
20. Naomi C Bush
Naomi C Bush has a long-standing relationship with WordPress, and is one of those wonder women of WordPress who introduced game-changing features such as developing a way to accept payments through your website via processors like Stripe.
Her contributions cover several aspects of the WordPress community, including plugin development, documentation, organization WordCamps and much more. Currently, she is the lead product developer of gravity+, and an inspiration for all women who are aspiring to be plugin developers for WordPress.
21. Stephanie Leary
Anyone who wants to learn more about WordPress should definitely check out Stephanie Leary and her bestselling book, WordPress for Web Developers. She is a freelance WordPress developer and consultant who has not dabbled in WordPress themes and plugins, but also has experience with server-related issues and content strategy.
22. Ilona Filipi
Founder and Senior Project Manager at Moove Agency, Ilona Filipi has over two decades of experience in delivering top-notch web solutions for big-name brands like BBC, JLL and more. Not only is she a WordPress advocate, but she and her company have sponsored several WordCamp events both in London and Europe.
23. Bridget Willard
A marketing consultant by profession, Bridget Willard has been contributing to the WordPress open source project for well over a decade now. She has written several books such as How To Market Your Plugin and Launch With Words to guide and educate WordPress plugin developers on how they can successfully market their plugins.
In addition to all of these, Bridget has several contributions to the WordPress project as Marketing Contributor, Core Contributor, Plugin Developer, and more.
24. Angela Bowman
Angela Bowman, the brains behind AskWPGirl, has been working with WordPress since 2007, and shares her wealth of knowledge through blog posts, intriguing classes and sessions, as well as interactive meetups where she shares her experiences with WordPress with other enthusiasts in person. As such, she is an empowering, and inspiring mentor for anyone who wants to be more involved with the WordPress project. Through AskWPGirl, she also provides professional custom WordPress web design and development services.
25. Sarah Gooding
Sarah Gooding is a very well-known name in the WordPress community, so it is little surprise that she is on our list of the top 30 most remarkable women in WordPress. A journalist and editor at WPTavern, one of the oldest and most well-known news websites for all things WordPress, she has been involved with the open-source community for more than ten years now.
As of now, Sarah Gooding is the Editor of Audrey Capital, an angel investment and research company created by Matt Mullenweg himself, and has several contributions in the WordPress project as plugin developer, test contributor, theme developer, core contributor, and more.
26. Rebecca Gill
The President and Founder of Web Savvy Marketing, Rebecca Gill has more than 20 years of experience in sales and online marketing. Not only is she enthusiastic about SEO marketing and strategies, but she is also heavily involved in Michigan’s WordPress community and organized several WordCamps events herself.
27. Alice Elliot
An award-winning blogger and digital marketer, Alice Elliot is quite renowned in the WordPress community for her informative blog posts on all things WordPress. Not only does she teach and train others on how to use WordPress, but she also enjoys designing WordPress websites.
28. Carrie Dils
Founder of TheFearlessFreelancer.com, Carrie Dils is a WordPress developer and consultant who not only mentors people to learn WordPress web development, but also has several contributions in the WordPress open source project as plugin developer, test contributor, WordCamp organizer and more.
29. Jenny Beaumont
When it comes to empowering women in the tech industry, Jenny Beaumont’s name comes to mind. Even before the beginning of the WordPress project, she had co-founded an international web design and development agency. Currently she is the Senior Project Manager at Human Made, but besides that she is also actively participating in the WordPress community in France, and has organized several WordCamp Paris and WordCamp Europe events.
30. Rachel Cherry
Accessibility has always been and continues to be one of the greatest concerns of the WordPress community, where diversity and inclusiveness is always encouraged. And Rachel Cherry is one of those inspiring, remarkable women in WordPress who have contributed to the Make WordPress Accessibility Team.
With several years of professional experience as the Director of WPCampus, and Senior Software Engineer for Disney Interactive, Rachel Cherry is an advocate of using WordPress for higher education, as well as an advocate for accessible and inclusive web design.
31. Jill Binder
Jill Binder is the lead for Diverse Speaker Training group in the WordPress open source project and has helped make our community more inclusive by arranging workshops to support diverse speakers to apply to speak at WordPress events.
Named one of the Top 100 Influencers of WordPress by Torque Magazine, Jill Binder is an influential figure who is constantly trying to promote diversity. Her business, Diverse In Tech, is focused on helping tech conferences and companies connect with more diverse people and thus help more voices to be heard.
Celebrating Women And Their Contributions In WordPress
There’s no denying that we need more women to participate in the tech industry. But all 30 wonderful women listed here are an inspiration to anyone who identifies as a woman, and give us hope that in the future, we will see even more remarkable contributors in our community.