Technology is giving new meaning to girl power.

While it's commonly believed men are the tech industry’s most coveted market, a body of evidence amassed by Intel researcher Genevieve Bell proves otherwise.

According to Bell in an article in The Atlantic, women in Western countries use the Internet 17 per cent more than their male counterparts do every month. Women spend more time talking, sending text messages and skyping; they are almost the exclusive owners of Internet-enabled readers; and they're the fastest growing group of users on every social networking site with the exception of LinkedIn. Sites such as Pinterest are magnets for women: they appeal to a lady's innate tendencies to organize, categorize and collect.

And now, more than ever, women want to learn more and more about the technology they're using.

Canadian Women in Technology, a national volunteer organization, encourages young women to consider a career in technology and helps accelerate the careers of women already in the field through mentorship, networking and advocacy. There's also Toronto-based nonprofit Ladies Learning Code -- the brainchild of Heather Payne. It has helped over 1,000 women learn skills in Javascript, HTML, WordPress, designing mobile websites and Photoshop.

So what's the driving force behind women flocking to technology? According to Kara Swisher, technology journalist and founder of tech news website All Things D, "New technologies are all about talking to each other, cooperation and being part of a group." And women excel at that kind of inclusiveness. According to Swisher, in order to be successful, tech organizations must mimic the communities their products create. "If there aren't women at the top of these companies, some of these things get badly neglected."

The good news is women are, indeed, making their mark as technology innovators and entrepreneurs. A good example is Ruchi Sanghvi, Faceboook’s first female engineer who launched the News feed. She made it possible for people to link Facebook identities and friends to almost any site online, completely rewriting the rules of web.

Maria Klawe, president of Harvey Mudd College, believes the presence of women in computer labs will determine what kind of medical devices get created and what kind of products we buy. “If you completely shut out the entire feminine perspective on the world, you are going to have a different set of products," she says.

Wondering which tech-savvy women you should follow on Twitter? Check out the slideshow.

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  • Katie Jacobs Stanton (@KatieS)

    Katie Jacobs Stanton is head of international strategy at Twitter. She has played an essential role in advocating the use of Twitter by President Obama's administration, serving as Director of Citizen Participation for the White House in 2009. <a href="!/@KatieS" target="_hplink">Follow @KatieS</a>

  • Kara Swisher (@karaswisher)

    Kara Swisher is a senior editor for <a href="" target="_hplink">All Things D</a>. She tweets a steady diet of tech news, including not only breaking news and her own scoops, but also links to her favorite viral videos. <a href="!/karaswisher" target="_hplink">Follow @karaswisher</a>

  • Xeni Jardin (@xenijardin)

    Xeni Jardin is founder and co-editor of award winning blog <a href="" target="_hplink">Boing Boing</a>. Her work has been published in<em> Wired</em>, <em>The New York Times</em>, <em>Los Angeles Times</em>, and <em>The Guardian</em>. <a href="!/@xenijardin" target="_hplink">Follow @xenijardin</a>

  • Esther Dyson (@edyson)

    Esther Dyson is an investor, entrepreneur, and commentator who specializes in emerging trends, philanthropy, space and health technology. According to her <a href="" target="_hplink">bio</a>, she "operates as the Internet's court jester, a person of no institutional importance who somehow manages to speak the truth and to be heard when and where it matters." She sits on the boards of companies including Meetup and Boxbe. <a href="!/@edyson" target="_hplink">Follow @edyson</a>

  • Christina Cacioppo (@christinacaci)

    Christina Cacioppo is an analyst at Union Square Ventures, a venture capital fund in New York City. <a href="!/@christinacaci" target="_hplink">Follow @christinacaci</a>

  • Jenna Wortham (@jennydeluxe)

    Jenna Wortham is a tech reporter at <em>The New York Times</em> (as well as a self-described "nerd" and "hustler.") She is an active tweeter, a source of Instagram pics, a breaking news provider, and has been included in over 3,600 Twitter lists. <a href="!/@jennydeluxe" target="_hplink">Follow @jennydeluxe</a>

  • Liz Heron (@lheron)

    Liz Heron is a social media editor for <em>The New York Times</em>. Previously, she worked for <em>The Washington Post</em> and ABC News. <a href="!/lheron" target="_hplink">Follow @lheron</a>

  • Kashmir Hill (@kashhill)

    Kashmir Hill is a tech writer at <em>Forbes</em> covering online privacy for a column called <a href="" target="_hplink">"The Not-So Private Parts."</a> She's held positions at <em>The Washington Examiner</em>, National Press Foundation, True/Slant, and covered the 2008 Olympics for the <em>International Herald Tribune</em>. <a href="!/@kashhill" target="_hplink">Follow @kashhill</a>

  • Julia Angwin (@JuliaAngwin)

    Julia Angwin is a tech editor and columnist at The Wall Street Journal specializing in privacy. She contributed to the team of reporters that produced the Journal's<a href="" target="_hplink"> "What They Know"</a> series focusing on tracking, data mining and other privacy issues. <a href="!/JuliaAngwin" target="_hplink">Follow @JuliaAngwin</a>

  • Dina Kaplan (@dinakaplan)

    Dina Kaplan is a co-founder of <a href="" target="_hplink"></a>, an online platform for web series. Kaplan's reporting has won her an Emmy, Professional Journalists Awards and Associated Press Awards. <a href="!/@dinakaplan" target="_hplink">Follow @dinakaplan </a>

  • Sharon Wienbar (@wienbar)

    Sharon Wienbar is managing director of Scale Venture Partners. She invests in mobile, internet and enterprise software companies. <a href="!/@wienbar" target="_hplink">Follow @Sharon Wienbar</a>

  • Gail Carmichael (@gailcarmichael)

    Gail Carmichael is a PhD student in Computer Science at Carleton University. She is currently researching educational games and augmented reality. <a href="!/@gailcarmichael" target="_hplink">Follow @gailcarmichael</a>

  • Maggie Shiels (@maggieshiels)

    Maggie Shiels is BBC's "first official tech reporter covering Silicon Valley," according to her bio and an excellent resource for Silicon Valley news. <a href="!/@maggieshiels" target="_hplink">Follow @maggieshiels</a>

  • Denise Howell (@dhowell)

    Denise Howell is a lawyer specializing in privacy, security, intellectual property and technology law. She hosts <em><a href="" target="_hplink">This WEEK in LAW</a></em>, a netcast show, and blogs at <a href="" target="_hplink"></a>. Howell received her J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law. <a href="!/Dhowell" target="_hplink">Follow @dhowell</a>

  • Sarah Lacy (@sarahcuda)

    Sarah Lacy is a reporter and <a href="" target="_hplink">senior editor at TechCrunch </a> and an author of two books, <em>Once You're Lucky, Twice You're Good: The Rebirth of Silicon Valley and the Rise of Web 2.0</em> and, more recently, <em>Brilliant, Crazy, Cocky: How the Top 1% of Entrepreneurs Profit from Global Chaos</em>. <a href="!/@sarahcuda" target="_hplink">Follow @sarahcuda</a>

  • Katrin Verclas (@katrinskaya)

    Katrin Verclas is co-founder and editor of <a href="" target="_hplink"></a>, which calls itself a "network of people using mobile technology for social impact". Verclas specializes in understanding how mobile phones can be used in civil society to increase security, accountability and other forms of participation in civic affairs. <a href="!/@katrinskaya" target="_hplink">Follow @Katrinskaya</a>

  • Ory Okolloh (@kenyanpundit)

    Originally from Kenya, Ory Okolloh is a policy manager for Google. In 2006, she co-founded the parliamentary watchdog site, <a href="" target="_hplink">Mzalendo</a>, in order to increase government accountability. In 2007, Okolloh helped launch <a href="" target="_hplink">Ushahidi</a>, a crowdsourcing tool that uses Google Maps and text messages to document information during times of crisis. <a href="!/@kenyanpundit" target="_hplink">Follow @kenyanpundit</a>

  • Courtney Boyd Myers (@CBM)

    Courtney Boyd Myers is the east coast editor of <a href="" target="_hplink">TheNextWeb</a>. <a href="!/@CBM" target="_hplink">Follow @CBM</a>

  • danah boyd (@zephoria)

    danah boyd is a senior researcher at Microsoft, and visiting scholar at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Interested in academic and anthropological conversations about technology? Check out boyd's <a href="" target="_hplink">blog</a> and Twitter account. <a href="!/@zephoria" target="_hplink">Follow @zephoria</a>

  • Emma Barnett (@Emmabarnett)

    Emma Barnett is a digital media editor at <em>The Daily Telegraph</em>. She writes about tech, media, and cultural issues. <a href="!/@Emmabarnett" target="_hplink">Follow @Emmabarnett</a>

  • Rachel Sterne (@rachelsterne)

    Rachel Sterne is chief digital officer for New York City, and adjunct professor at Columbia Business School. Even if you don't live in the "Big Apple", Sterne is a valuable source of information about how local governments are utilizing social media. <a href="!/@rachelsterne" target="_hplink">Follow @rachelsterne</a>

  • Joanna Stern (@JoannaStern)

    Joanna Stern is a tech and gadgets reporter. Her work has been published in <em>The New York Times</em>, Engadget (where she was the reviews editor), and Gizmodo. She is part of a team launching a <a href="" target="_hplink">new tech site for SB Nation</a> and currently blogs for <a href="" target="_hplink">This Is My Next.</a> <a href="!/@JoannaStern" target="_hplink">Follow @JoannaStern</a>

  • Gina Trapani (@ginatrapani)

    Gina Trapani is a developer and tech writer. Formerly with <a href="" target="_hplink">Lifehacker</a>, which she founded, Trapani now focuses on developing software and co-hosting <a href="" target="_hplink">This Week In Google</a>. <a href="!/ginatrapani" target="_hplink">Follow @ginatrapani</a>

  • Laura Yecies (@lyecies)

    Laura Yecies is CEO of SugarSync. With time spent as an exec at Yahoo, Netscape and Checkpoint, she's a well-rounded expert in mobile tech trends, consumer internet services, the Cloud for consumers and SMBs, and being a mompreneur.

  • Leslie Bradshaw (@lesliebradshaw)

    Leslie Bradshaw is co-founder, president, and chief operating officer at a creative agency focusing on data visualization and social media, <a href="" target="_hplink">JESS3</a>. <a href="!/@lesliebradshaw" target="_hplink">Follow @lesliebradshaw</a>

  • Jolie O'Dell (@jolieodell)

    Jolie O'Dell is a tech reporter for <a href="" target="_hplink">VentureBeat</a>. After years of covering the tech industry for major publications, she decided to go back to school in 2010 and study Computer Science. <a href="!/jolieodell" target="_hplink">Follow @jolieodell</a>

  • CIO, Huntington National Bank, Retail & Business Banking Technology

    <a href=""><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="" /></a><a href="">lbarron</a>:<br />Another woman in technology to follow.

  • Shira Lazar (@shiralazar)

    Shira Lazar is creator and host of <em>What's Trending</em> on CBS News. Lazar is a social media power-user, and definitely worth following if you want the latest on what people are buzzing about online. Follow @shiralazar

  • Caterina Fake (@caterina)

    Caterina Fake is a serial tech entrepreneur: She co-founded <a href="" target="_hplink">Flickr</a>, a popular photo-sharing site, and <a href="" target="_hplink">Hunch</a>, an online collective intelligence service. <a href="!/@caterina" target="_hplink">Follow @caterina</a>