On Making Forbes Magazine's Top 100 Websites for Women

By Christine Cupaiuolo — June 25, 2010

Our Bodies, Our Blog is delighted to be included on Forbes magazine’s top 100 websites for women — a list of “the most dynamic, inspiring and helpful websites for women.” We were cited for educating readers on women’s health issues through “topical, newsy content.”

Meghan Casserly and Jenna Goudreau write in the intro: “To determine which sites and blogs made the cut we looked for compelling and decidedly female-oriented content, outstanding design, an active community and frequent updates. In short, sheer clickyness.”

What’s really cool is the number of feminist sites on the list, including Catalyst, Feministing, Feministe, Hello Ladies, Jezebel, Salon’s Broadsheet and Women’s eNews. It’s no surprise to us that these sites provide readers with essential news and analysis, but it’s a real delight to see a  media giant recognize their importance and reach — and to know that this list was created with the help of Forbes readers.

Update: In the excitement over being named to the Forbes list, we failed to note the fairly obvious exclusion of a variety of women’s voices. I agree completely with the response that my co-blogger, Rachel, wrote at Women’s Health News, and I’m re-posting it here:

Finally, Renee at Womanist Musings points out that that Forbes list of top 100 websites for women didn’t do much to be inclusive of women of color, trans women, women with disabilities, or other marginalized communities of women, and I think this is a fair criticism of the list, and of those of us (like me, as Our Bodies Our Blog was on it) who were included but didn’t immediately notice/point out how others were excluded or how the list was focused. It’s certainly a kind of privilege that it was an issue that was too easy for me to overlook in my “omg, we got noticed” glee, and something I should be better about.

Read Womanist Musings for the full critique and suggestions of sites that deserve notice.

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