When Foreign Policy published its 2012 Twitterati 100 list, we could not help but be struck by the lack of women. Of the 100 tweeters Foreign Policy said "you need to follow," nearly 90 percent are men. Given the strong presence of smart, powerful, influential women on Twitter, we found this a bit hard to take. So, beginning near midnight U.S. East Coast time on Monday, a group of women from around the world created a list of interesting and influential activists, journalists, analysts, economists, geeks and wonks. Within a few hours, we had more than 200 names and our list had begun to make the rounds on Twitter.
How is this list different than FP's original list? It includes many prominent, influential women who know and tweet about foreign policy and international affairs but were overlooked by FP. It includes women who tweet in languages other than English, or tweet multilingually, and women who work and lecture in areas rarely covered by FP -- such as international development.
Most importantly, this is a list generated by a global network of inspired and knowledgeable women worldwide who contributed possibly lesser-known but fresh and important voices. The #FPwomerati list includes the invigorating diversity of local voices with insider information and breaking news who are not to be missed.
ALL-AROUND NEWS AND VIEWS
Christiane Amanpour (@camanpour) -- Journalist with ABC & CNN. Obviously famous.
Alex Crawford (@AlexCrawfordSky) -- Correspondent for Sky News currently based in South Africa. Also tweets on the Middle East.
Polly Curtis (@pollycurtis) -- The Guardian's deputy national editor, tweeting about large swathes of the world.
Hala Gorani (@halagorani) -- Anchorwoman on CNN's International Desk and one of the top foreign policy "influencers."
Lucy Kafanov (@LucyKafanov) -- Self-described "voracious consumer of stories neglected by mainstream media." Lucky for us, she shares those stories too.
Azmat Khan (@AzmatZahra) -- PBS Frontline producer. Knows her national security.
Laura Rozen (@lrozen) -- All-around interesting foreign-policy reporter. When Laura tweets, people pay attention.
Philippa Thomas (@PhilippaNews) -- BBC journalist sharing global news and views.