National WebMistress Day recognizes women in web development on August 26th.
A WebMistress is a woman who designs, develops, markets and maintains websites. The term has existed since the mid-1990s. In June of 1995, the term officially entered technology’s lexicon. That month, Kat Valentine secured the domain name WebMistress.com. Taking the name a step further, Valentine then began web development under the job title WebMistress. Comparatively, the term WebMaster arrived on the scene as early as 1986, according to various classified ads.
Now, thousands of women work under the job title WebMistress. More than 20 years later, the word still raises eyebrows. However, WebMistress has a place not only on the résumé but is a legitimate job title in the business world. Take the time to acknowledge the women in web development to promote the job title in the business and lose the stigma associated with the word.
History of Webmistress Day
Alright, just in case you missed the point, let’s talk about what a webmistress is. They are women who develop and maintain websites, as well as developing and marketing them to the digital marketplace. The origin of the term webmistress, on one hand, is simply an extension of webmaster, but Kat Valentine made it official when she purchased webmistress.com and started working under that title. Thousands of women all over the world are now working under the title of WebMistress, yet people still quirk a brow when they hear it.
Webmistress Day stresses that this is a legitimate job title used by thousands of skilled professionals all over the world. The stigma associated with it must be lifted so that women can be recognized as a valid and important part of developing the digital world. Whenever you visit a website, you should stop and take a moment to figure out whether or not the person responsible for that site is a webmistress. You’d be surprised just how often your favorite sites will turn out to have been designed by one, and maybe that’s part of the problem.
It’s time to stop being surprised, and know that webmistresses are here to stay, once and for all.