All the women in the house – stand up

Ok was in the PHP Community channel (#phpc) on freenode when we started talking about the number of women in PHP world. Elizabeth Naramore and I know we aren’t the only ones (between the 2 of us we could count ~10 other women in the PHP world). There have got to be more then that. So if you are a woman and a PHP developer – stand up and be counted. Feel free to introduce yourself and would you be interested in a PHP women’s group?

Comments (439)

Ben RamseyOctober 9th, 2006 at 3:03 am

PHP Women…

If you’re keeping count, you’ll know that there are seven women listed in my blogroll. These seven women are PHP programmers, and I’ve made it a point to include them in my blogroll because women are underrepresented in PHP and these…

JelenaOctober 9th, 2006 at 8:03 am

Count me in. ;)

SaraOctober 9th, 2006 at 8:04 am

Um… Hello! Count me, count me!

SofiaOctober 9th, 2006 at 9:44 am

I’m in too :)

SusanneOctober 9th, 2006 at 12:22 pm

Oh, very good idea! Please count me!

PetraOctober 9th, 2006 at 12:43 pm

And let me be counted too.

JoannaOctober 9th, 2006 at 2:01 pm

Yes please count me in!!! Thank you for doing this!

Elizabeth SmithOctober 9th, 2006 at 3:16 pm

We’re around, and yes a php women’s group would be fun :)

IrinaOctober 9th, 2006 at 4:13 pm

Hi! So I’m number eight ;)

Laura ThomsonOctober 9th, 2006 at 4:52 pm

You can count me in.

Koh Sze MianOctober 9th, 2006 at 7:16 pm

Count me in too! :)

Brenda ReischeOctober 10th, 2006 at 12:38 am

Count me in as well! Anyone going to the Zend/PHP Conference??

Lorna MitchellOctober 10th, 2006 at 8:01 am

And me too! Glad to meet you all.

CarolineOctober 10th, 2006 at 11:00 am

I’m here!

AnuOctober 10th, 2006 at 12:04 pm

Just starting out with PHP, but please count me in too!

Henrique Vicente.October 10th, 2006 at 3:04 pm

Hey girl, I just would like to say that I don’t find interesting separations. Come on, there is not much girls in the developing communities, so don’t get away from others with women groups, just call them to the group you frequent :)

LynnOctober 10th, 2006 at 3:38 pm


So you do exist ;-) I have been working as a PHP programmer for 5 years now. Went to a PHP conference a few years ago, I think of roughly maybe 300 people, I was one of the three women..

Anita CMOctober 10th, 2006 at 6:01 pm


Found this concept of “women” PHP programmers interesting. Would love to be part of it.Please count me too in…

ligOctober 10th, 2006 at 9:04 pm

Actually we don’t want to be exclusive – if anything we want to be inclusive in the PHP world. We want to help more women become active in the PHP world not kick men out. Just as the PHP world is part of the Open Source world.

surfchenOctober 11th, 2006 at 12:18 am

I am male,but I wanna say that there is one female PHP programmer in our company,in which there are 5 PHP programmers..
Her Blog is,blogging in Chinese…

Through my PHP life(about 4 years),I have come across hundreds PHP programmers,but only tow of them are is the above I pointed,and another is losing contact with me,maybe…

I wrote a blog in Chinese on my blog to find female php programmers,hoping there would be one or more Female PHPers in China appear..

SarahOctober 11th, 2006 at 1:33 pm

another one from me :)

Dreaming of DawnOctober 11th, 2006 at 2:14 pm

Php Women…

I was on ##php at freenode (I try to be a good php community citizen and help out occasionally, usually for php5 questions even though irc in general tends to attract the not so pleasant aspects of the community) and noticed a little “Girls only …

ShellyOctober 11th, 2006 at 3:07 pm

Girl here :) I teach web development (primarily PHP and MySQL) at a local college, and have a small web dev company on the side here in Chicago. I’ve been in web dev since 1995. I’d be glad to meet more female PHP coders!

KavitaOctober 11th, 2006 at 9:52 pm

Iam into php/mysql development for the past two years. Love your Blog!
Count me in :-)

Florence ZanettiOctober 11th, 2006 at 11:41 pm

Hey girls :) I am new to PHP (started yesterday) and I am David Coallier’s fiancee.. ok I said it once, I never want to hear it again ;-) I am Florence ZanettI and remember that name because you are not done with it :)

I hope and know we’ll have a great time!

Nice to meet you all!


Nola StoweOctober 12th, 2006 at 1:14 am

ME too! Not only do I do PHP, but I also do Ruby and Perl. :)

sue yiOctober 12th, 2006 at 2:58 am

PHP apps are more of a hobby for me … at work I’m a J2EE developer. I would be interested in a PHP women’s group though :)

Sarah GOctober 12th, 2006 at 3:21 am

Yup — I build php apps for work. What number am I? :)

Aparna ShelareOctober 12th, 2006 at 5:14 am

Count me in.

FabelineOctober 12th, 2006 at 8:42 am

It’s good too see so many programming women. I work as a PHP programmer, and programming is one of my hobbies.

DaniOctober 12th, 2006 at 12:58 pm

There is me and one other PHP programmer at my workplace. Please include us in the count!

DaniOctober 12th, 2006 at 12:59 pm

We are both girls, forgot to mention that though it is probably obvious =)

JenOctober 12th, 2006 at 2:09 pm

Hi Nola and Dani! Add me to your list of girl php developers.

Carmelyne ThompsonOctober 12th, 2006 at 3:01 pm

*raises hand* [ php, coldfusion and ruby too ]

ligOctober 14th, 2006 at 11:03 pm

hey ladies if you haven’t already – go join the group at That is where we will be organizing.

PolinaOctober 17th, 2006 at 9:26 am

I believe there are much more php-women in the world than you think. When I register in PHP forums I usually use my cat’s name, so you don/t know if I’m a woman or a man. Many other people do that.
I don’t like that idea: Imagine that male programmers create a site only for men! What would you think about that???

ligOctober 17th, 2006 at 11:33 am

We are not making a site just for women – we are making a site where women feel comfortable meeting, socializing, asking questions and finding other women in the PHP World. No where does it say men are not allowed – we are simply targetting women in particular. Besides – how would we keep men out even if we wanted to? There are no locks on the door to the site.

And just for the record – i personally would have no problem with men forming their own group. I admit I would be curious what is going on – but then I could just go to their forum and read up to find out same as you could do for the phpwomen site.

RenateOctober 18th, 2006 at 11:15 am

hi, count me in too….
i worked as a php programmer in germany for some time…
now i relocated to UK and work on projects mainly as freelance and
my hubby is in developing too, but php is my department…
i like the idea of the women group, sometimes we all need the lines open to more women-logic to see the problem in another point of view….anyway, would like to hear from you..bye… sorry i am still working on my website, so don’t expect too much…

MartaOctober 19th, 2006 at 6:53 am

I’m a php programmer from Italy since 2000. Count me in too!

JustJenOctober 19th, 2006 at 3:01 pm

If you’re willing to include beginners — still at that “WHY isn’t this working?!?” stage — please add me to your list!

AndreaOctober 19th, 2006 at 7:50 pm

Women web programers unite! If there is a group created, try to make it well-known that it’s available. Info should be posted to other tech women-centered groups like systers.

JenTOctober 20th, 2006 at 5:10 pm

Count me and count me in :)

Actually started writing Perl with MySQL and Oracle back in the early 90’s and migrated to PHP last part of 1999 (very beginning) which makes me old. I’ve come across so few women programmers in general… funny?? Think it’s not creative or caring enough for women… never could figure that out though because we start with nothing and create something… how is that not creative!!!

Glad I’m not the only one out there. Have always worked with all guys… Knew there must be some though.

Count me in:)

LinseyOctober 20th, 2006 at 9:36 pm

Count me in. PHP is more of a hobby for me, at work I’m a full time Microsoft ASP.NET programmer.

Yns_October 21st, 2006 at 10:10 am

I’m a php programmer from TÜRKIYE

Stephanie FOctober 23rd, 2006 at 10:56 am

Hey there..I was wondering where u all were..I come from Malta small island in the Med and the lack of women in the programming world here is utterly painful…I code in php but mostly work with html and Flash…I am a webdesigner and teacher..Count me in gals!

Polley WongOctober 24th, 2006 at 10:53 am

PHP Woman shouting far away from Taiwan HERE!!
Count me in!

Maeve KOctober 24th, 2006 at 4:52 pm

How cool is this! Great to see you all!
I and one other gal are here coding PHP in Cincinnati!

Syl XOctober 24th, 2006 at 5:51 pm

Count me in !

PHP Newbie (and lovin’ it) from Ottawa, Canada

PrettyFlyOctober 30th, 2006 at 4:22 pm

Hi for all from Ukraine!
This is just so cool idea, can’t imagine why I haven’t get to it earlier ;)
So, count me too!

GowriOctober 31st, 2006 at 5:14 am

This is wonderful idea,i am very new to php,its nice to see like this,include me in your group

NinaNovember 10th, 2006 at 7:16 am


count me in…im from philippines..

this is great, i get to know the several php lovers here. though we use struts at work, at home i study and work on php. in fact i really wanted to have a website of my own using php!

please count me in! ;)

CherylNovember 12th, 2006 at 8:57 pm

Learning PHP here, too. Men think they have the market cornered, huh?

blueflowerNovember 13th, 2006 at 11:33 am

i am from nepal. and i graduated on nov2005. did some php in my final year project. and i am doing it for not that much long. but still i’d like to join in and learn more about PHP. i must admit i am still a beginner. will i b counted in too????

Kim DumeyNovember 14th, 2006 at 11:41 pm

Hi there — YES!!! — please count me in as well. I have a degree in animation and programming and PHP is my code of choice. So kuddos from the East Coast of the USA!
Please tell me what I can do to help.

SreeDecember 12th, 2006 at 5:37 am

Glad 2 meet u all …. Count me in!
I am 4m India & have 2+yrs of exp wrking with PHP rel open source CMS tools – Drupal, joomla, pligg, runcms etc etc

Manjushree DasDecember 19th, 2006 at 7:19 am

I have just started learning PHP .You can include me in your group.

CasturiJanuary 3rd, 2007 at 3:59 am


I m from bangalore, India. I have been working on PHP with mysql, Postgresql from say abt 2.5 yrs frm now. I was very glad to see a women community for PHP. This is something i wanted. Better late than Never. Its great to find so many like me here..

Count me tooo…


MaggieJanuary 26th, 2007 at 6:18 am

I was thinking of going to a conference, and the photos from the previous one showed large conference halls full of men and only men. I’m used to women being outnumbered, but I have to say – it didn’t look like a place I’d feel comfortable. So… is anyone planning to go to a conference?

AmandaJanuary 27th, 2007 at 6:39 pm

My sister and I are both PHP programmers(although my sister is much better than I am). I started web designing professionally when I was 12, stopped a few years later, and am now switching gears to programming. Nice to meet you.

GabytaJanuary 29th, 2007 at 9:27 pm

Hi i’m starting on the php world, and i like the idea. So count on me!!! :)

PenFebruary 9th, 2007 at 8:28 am

*waves hands from sunny South Africa*

Love PHP!

SamanthaFebruary 15th, 2007 at 12:08 am

Though I just entered the world of PHP recently, I must say it’s quite fun to learn.
Not too sure if that’s considered a count or not, but oh wells. Also, I am all for the idea of a PHP group, sounds like a great way to enjoy PHP.