13 Oct 25 Working Moms To Follow On Twitter 2013
These 25 women have been selected for our list because they have reached the top of their fields and they share their experience and their lives in raw form through multiple daily tweets. They are prolific, personal and inspiring – all have children and demanding careers.
Today, most moms are working moms and more than 40% of moms are the primary breadwinners in their families – a number that has quadrupled since 1960. The media has not yet caught up with this reality.
If you type the term “working mom” into Google images you will see photo after photo of women balancing briefcases and babies at the same time. Yet rather than juggle her responsibilities simultaneously, a real working mom goes back and forth between her various priorities in a seesaw like fashion.
There is no better venue for witnessing this than on Twitter, a social network offering real time information, ideal for working moms on the go.
Whether you are seeking career inspiration or just a little motivation for your daily seesaw, here are 25 working moms to follow. I asked each of them for a bit of inspiration and here is what they had to say:
1. Katie Couric
During her TODAY Show tenure, Couric suffered a deep loss on a national stage, and she has captured the hearts of a nation of viewers since. Years later, she still commands the spotlight. Tune in for prolific news and pop culture tweets with a side of Katie:@katiecouric
2. Jennifer Weiner
Bestselling novelist Weiner writes guilty pleasure beach reads, fights for her fellow female authors and still makes time for reality TV commentary. Tune in for hilarious shards of brilliance:@jenniferweiner
3. Kerri Walsh Jennings
Follow Walsh’s journey as a three time gold medalist and mom of three as she goes for the gold again in 2016. Tune in for inspiration and contagious enthusiasm: @kerrileewalsh
4. Lisa Ling
Producer, journalist and TV Host, Ling is a new mom who tirelessly advocates for women and girls. Tune in for thoughtful political and social commentary – on topics ranging from sex trafficking to Starbucks: @lisaling
5. Gayle King
Now the CBS morning show anchor, King is proof that a working mom is powerful well into her children’s adult years. Tune in for high-energy fun – and a smidgen of BFF Oprah in the mix: @GayleKing
6. Tory Johnson
7. Debora Spar
Passionate about education and women, Barnard President, Spar is expanding her audience beyond the university walls with her new book Wonder Women: Sex, Power and the Quest for Perfection. Tune in for highly curated content and refreshing perspective:@deboraspar
8. Barbara Corcoran
Real estate tycoon Corcoran has reinvented her career as the host of Shark Tank, and is arguably the most recognizable face in entrepreneurship. Tune in for business cheerleading:@BarbaraCorcoran
9. Alison Brod
An unstoppable force in PR, Brod and her more than 60 employee firm represent Fortune 500 companies along with the hottest names in fashion. Tune in for access to her trademark unapologetic opinions:@AlisonBrodPR
10. Randi Zuckerberg
Having recently flown the Facebook family coup, new mom Zuckerberg is making a name for herself as an entrepreneur and social media leader. Tune in for tech and lifestyle know-how:@randizuckerberg
A digital media pioneer, Huffington, a mom of two, has talked publicly about her older daughter’s recovery from addiction. Tune in for news and her new favorite topic – wellness: @ariannahuff
12. Sallie Krawcheck
A Wall Street icon, Krawcheck recently shifted her focus to women’s networking with the purchase of 85 Broads. Tune in for curated women in business news and pointed commentary:@SallieKrawcheck
13. Susan Orlean
Writer Orlean has an unfair advantage – it is as though Twitter was designed specifically for her talent for pithy wisdom. Tune in for addictive life commentary with an oddball twist: @susanorlean
14. Suzy Welch
A huge career as editor in chief of the Harvard Business Review and four kids later, Welch has enjoyed a second life as a bestselling author and the other half of Jack Welch. Tune in for sarcasm, candor, and her business perspective: @SuzyWelch
15. Liz Lange
Having put maternity fashion on the map. Lange has become an inspiring business leader and remains one of the most approachable big names on Twitter. Tune in for entrepreneurship and style without snobbery: @lizlange
16. Elisabeth Rohm
Most recognizable from her days on Law and Order, Rohm singlehandedly defies the actress stereotype. Sharp, witty and down to earth, Rohm added author to her job title with her parenting book –Baby Steps. Tune in for fresh perspective: @ElisabethRohm
17. Martha Beck
18. Alyssa Milano
An early adopter of Twitter, Milano is the boss of this platform and a prolific sharer. Tune in for her highly caffeinated yet filled to the brim with information tweets: @Alyssa_Milano
19. Michelle Rhee
Made famous by the documentary, Waiting for Superman and a subsequent Time magazine cover, Rhee is a deeply passionate and controversial education reformer. Tune in for education and parenting tweets: @MichelleRhee
20. Lisa Stone
21. Brooke Burke-Charvet
22. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
The lawyer turned Congresswoman turned Senator of New York and mom of two is bright, unafraid and always charging forward. Tune in for politics and news: @SenGillibrand
23. Holly Robinson Peete
Social Activist, Apprentice runner up, actress and NFL wife, Peete has taken the Twitosphere by storm. Tune in for straight shooting talk – sports, autism and a window into her world: @hollyrpeete
24. Liz Gumbinner
There might be no better role model for women in tech than Warrior, Head of Technology and Strategy for Cisco and mother of a grown son. Tune in for technology, innovation and women in science:@Padmasree
Samantha Ettus is a work life balance renegade, bestselling author, radio host and speaker. Connect with her at @samanthaettus.
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Samantha Ettus is a bestselling author & corporate speaker. The Pie Life: A Guilt-Free Recipe for Success and Satisfaction will be released in September.