Girls in Geekdom

This is part of the ‘Girly Girl’ Week here at Cheese-Wearing Theology.


I mentioned previously, illness that everyone knows that there are no girls on the internet. With that goes, of course, there are no geekettes. But, memes are often very very wrong. While there may not be a lot of geekettes, we’re out there. In fact, there are some awesome, high-profiled geekettes that are paving the way for geekettes of all stripes. Whether it’s math-loving, science-loving geekettes, or sci-fi-watching, gamer geekettes, here are a few women who are proud to be geekettes.

Felicia Day: Not only does Felicia have impeccable Whedonverse creds (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-long Blog and Dollhouse), she has also turned her love of gaming into a web-based television show called The Guild. For anyone who has played a MMORPG like World of Warcraft, this show is a must see. It does a great job of poking fun at gamers, while also highlighting the amazing bonds of friendships that can be built through a video game.


Mayim Bialik: Not only does starring on the television show Big Bang Theory give her ‘geek cred’, after the show Blossom, Mayim went off to college and got a PhD in neuroscience! How cool is that?! She has taken her love of science and created a science curriculum for homeschoolers.


Danica McKellar: Most of us remember Danica as ‘Winnie Cooper’ from The Wonder Years (oh, late 80’s/early 90’s how I miss you!). After the show, Danica went to college and majored in mathematics. She has written three books for teenaged-girls Math Doesn’t Suck, Kiss My Math, and Hot X: Algebra Exposed. The books are about how cool math is and how it’s not just for guys.


I should also give a shout-out to two geekettes in my life: my two sisters-in-law, Monique and Sabrina. It was through them that I learned about and started playing World of Warcraft. (Oh, wait, is that really a good thing? Some days I wonder lol).

Who are the geekettes in your life?

If you are a geekette, give yourself a shout-out in the comments.

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  • Ally

    geekette checking in! (and adding a link to my favorite “famous” geek girl – Marian Call – (“I’ll Still be a Geek After Nobody Thinks it’s Chic (The Nerd Anthem)”) – my favorite song off her firefly-inspired album “Got to Fly”!)

    Can’t name all my geekette friends – we used to have a facebook group entitled “The Geeky Girls of [insert name of place I used to live that started with a G]” and recently have gone to both a local comics/anime con and the Harry Potter midnight showing with two new geekette friends, so my list is too long to count!

    • “I’ll still be a geek when I am utterly antique!” Love the nerd anthem!

    • And even better, she’s from Alaska! That is so cool! Thanks for pointing me to her, Ally. Off to find more of her stuff.

  • Ally

    as a Whedonite you have GOT to hear her entire “Got to Fly” anthem – I mean she wrote a song about a made up story that might be where Jayne got the name Vera for his gun from – you can’t get more geeky than that… (And “It Was Good For You Too” from the point of YoSaffBridge is priceless – won some fan run filk contest online before she ever put it on the album)

    • Oh my goodness! I love this one: “It’s Good to Have Jayne on Your Side!”