Top 60 UK #WomenInSTEM influencers

There is a historical gender imbalance within science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). However, many women are actively seeking to increase the representation of women in STEM.

Which women in STEM have the most influence on Twitter?

To answer this question we've considered women active both on Twitter and in the world of STEM, especially those committed to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in the UK.

Why Twitter?

Twitter is one of today's most powerful tools for social influence, and is a proxy for wider online influence. That said, some individuals, although hugely influential in STEM, are not active on Twitter, or are most active through organisational Twitter accounts.

How is influence measured?

We used Followerwonk, a respected online analytics tool, to measure Twitter influence. Followerwonk assigns a Social Authority score between 1 and 100. It does this by analysing how many of a user's most recent hundreds of tweets were retweeted by others.

Our Top Ten

Out Top 60 is packed full of influential women, but here's a closer look at our top ten:

Martha Lane Fix

#1 Martha Lane Fox

@Marthalanefox

Baroness Lane-Fox, CBE, tops our table with the highest social authority score (74.9), and the most followers (192,458). Baroness Lane-Fox proposed Dot Everyone, a national institution focusing on digital education, women and ethics.

Alice Roberts

#2 Prof Alice Roberts

@DrAliceRoberts

Professor Roberts ranks second in our table for social authority (72.7) and for followers (97,884). Professor Roberts is Professor of Public Engagement in Science at University of Birmingham, and presents science documentaries for BBC TV.

Dr Alice Bell

#3 Alice Bell

@alicebell

Alice Bell is the third woman in our table with a social authority over 70. She is a writer and campaigner with over 20,000 Twitter followers and over 40,000 tweets. She tweets about subjects such as climate change and diversity in science.

Dr Sue Black

#4 Dr Sue Black OBE

@Dr_Black

Dr Sue Black, OBE, is the longest-serving tweeter in our table, joining in 2007. She also has the third highest number of tweets (105,866). Dr Black founded BCSWomen, and appeared as a mentor in BBC Three documentary Girls Can Code.

mary Branscombe

#5 Mary Branscombe

@marypcbuk

Mary Branscombe is our third most prolific tweeter, with 101,899 tweets. She's a freelance technology and science journalist who has written for ZDNet, The Register, TechRadar, CITEworld, Financial Times, and The Guardian.

Chi Onwurah

#6 Chi Onwurah

@ChiOnwurah

Chi Onwurah, MP, is the Shadow Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy. She has a background in engineering and has spoken out on the link between childhood gender stereotypes and the shortage of women engineers.

Eileen Burbidge

#7 Eileen Burbidge

@eileentso

Eileen Burbidge, MBE, has our third largest Twitter following (61,293 followers). She's an influential technology sector venture capitalist, Tech City UK board member, and has encouraged women in tech to "step it up".

Oona Windytan

#8 Oona Räisänen

@windyoona

Oona Räisänen is our 8th-most-retweeted tweeter. She is a signals hacker and author of tech blog Absorptions. She was featured in The Guardian's National Women in Engineering Day "six Twitter accounts to follow".

Nicky Morgan

#9 Nicky Morgan

@NickyMorgan01

Nicky Morgan, MP, has our fourth highest number of followers (42,405). She is Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities, and has emphasised the importance of STEM subjects for young people's job prospects.

Athene Donald

#10 Athene Donald

@AtheneDonald

Professor Dame Athene Donald, DBE, FRS, completes our top ten influencers. She is Professor of Experimental Physics at University of Cambridge, has chaired the Athena Forum, and is a passionate champion of women in STEM.

Prospect Pioneers

Prospect union's Prospect Pioneers are successful and inspiring women working in male-dominated professions. Featured 54th in our table is Prospect Pioneer and Marine Office Beshlie Pool (@_beshlie). In 61st place, narrowly missing a place in our table, is Prospect Pioneer and Project Controls Engineer Mavis Amadi (@AmadiMavis).

Honourable mentions

Just outside our top sixty are Dawn Bonfield (@dawnbonfield1), Chief Executive of the Women's Engineering Society, who usually tweets through their @wes1919 account, and Fiona Hathorn (@FionaHathorn), Managing Director of Women on Boards UK, who usually tweets through their @WOBUK account.

UK #WomenInSTEM influencers league table

Here's the full Careersmart UK #WomenInSTEM influencers league table.

Rank Social
Authority
Name Twitter
Username
Followers Tweets
1 74.9 Martha Lane Fox @Marthalanefox 192,458 17,750
2 72.7 Prof Alice Roberts @DrAliceRoberts 97,884 12,925
3 72.0 Alice Bell @alicebell 21,770 41,400
4 69.7 Dr Sue Black OBE @Dr_Black 33,463 105,866
5 69.2 Mary Branscombe @marypcbuk 7,074 101,899
6 68.7 Chi Onwurah @ChiOnwurah 16,364 15,025
7 66.7 Eileen Burbidge @eileentso 61,293 21,137
8 66.5 Oona Räisänen @windyoona 10,151 3,886
9 65.2 Nicky Morgan @NickyMorgan01 42,405 6,961
10 63.8 Athene Donald @AtheneDonald 12,991 12,494
11 62.6 Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino @iotwatch 13,445 14,518
12 62.5 Jane Chalaby @turningtechy 1,609 8,294
13 61.6 Kate Bellingham @KateBellingham 2,316 2,985
14 61.4 Gen Ashley @coderinheels 2,630 14,010
15 60.2 Sherry Coutu @scoutu 17,834 6,798
16 58.0 Dr Lucy Rogers @DrLucyRogers 11,454 58,909
17 56.4 Belinda Parmar @belindaparmar 14,078 40,875
18 56.1 Ghislaine Boddington @GBoddington 3,261 5,760
19 55.9 Michelle Brook @MLBrook 4,180 37,023
20 55.6 Dr Heather Williams @alrightPET 5,358 20,197
21 54.4 Maggie Philbin @maggiephilbin 20,769 17,742
22 54.0 Joanna Shields @joannashields 9,636 902
23 53.9 Sarah Arrow @SarahArrow 15,509 146,240
24 52.8 Roma Agrawal @RomaTheEngineer 5,582 4,025
25 52.7 Hilary Lappin-Scott @lappinscott 2,319 7,586
25 52.7 Shivvy Jervis @shivvyjervis 10,723 3,341
27 52.5 Kathryn Parsons @KathrynParsons 10,758 6,056
28 52.2 Anne-Marie Imafidon @aimafidon 4,931 5,220
29 51.4 Emma Mulqueeny @hubmum 8,627 49,648
30 50.4 Elena Rodriguez-Falcon @ElenaRF 1,839 13,019
31 49.2 Sarah Wood @sarahfwood 5,722 2,826
32 47.7 Emma McGuigan @EmMcgoo 859 924
33 47.0 Wendy White @wendytanwhite 5,144 6,089
34 46.8 Gemma Young @snapshotscience 1,161 1,726
35 46.5 Alice Bentinck @Alicebentinck 4,414 3,121
36 44.7 Aly King-Smith @birdtabs 1,230 4,528
36 44.7 Ellie Cosgrave @elliecosgrave 1,917 1,896
38 44.4 Lopa Patel @lopapatel 1,122 7,425
39 41.3 Anna Zecharia @annazecharia 1,524 2,919
39 41.3 Bindi Karia @bindik 14,833 11,300
39 41.3 Melissa Di Donato @mdidonato1 1,107 752
42 38.3 Katy Alexander @KLA2010 430 4,615
43 36.4 Vikki Read @vikkiread 467 1,068
44 34.8 Liza Payne @Liza_Brooks 754 14,070
45 34.6 Sheeza Ahmad @SheezaAhmad 603 3,911
46 33.9 Sarah Hughes @muddyshoes66 300 1,420
47 32.1 Rachel Brenchley @DrRachelB 457 1,036
48 31.9 Nicola Mendelsohn @nicolamen 6,332 1,223
49 31.8 Sara Kelly @MsSaraKelly 4,134 8,652
50 31.7 Barbara Melville @keyeri 522 73
51 30.3 Sarah Dickinson @tiffy_animal 308 681
52 29.1 Kirsten Bodley @kirstenbodley 205 1,090
53 26.1 Debbie Stringer @debbielouise20 285 2,277
54 20.5 Beshlie Pool @_beshlie 253 917
55 19.2 Trudy Norris-Grey @TrudyNorrisGrey 190 54
56 17.4 Anna Durrans @AnnaDurrans 292 1,010
57 14.7 Anjlee Gupta @anjleegupta 182 276
58 11.7 Helen Wollaston @HelenWollaston 79 36
59 4.2 Greet Brosens @brosens_greet 346 59
60 2.7 Liz Upton @Liz_Upton 2,447 4,445

Omissions

Have we missed anyone who should have been in our Top 60? Get in touch and let us know!

Top 50 women in engineering

Along with a number of employers, Prospect is sponsoring an initiative being hosted by the Daily Telegraph to identify the top 50 women in engineering. The Telegraph printed a supplement to launch the initiative, e-version: http://reader.livedition.dk/thetelegraph/403/.

Winners will be announced on 23 June (National Women in Engineering Day). Why not nominate a women engineer - even better if a Prospect member !