The Blogher conference for and about women bloggers kicks off today in San Francisco and in honor of this important event, we decided to share some links to some of our favorite women bloggers here at RWW.

Gender is an important lens through which people communicate and that's still the case online. Below are links to some of our favorite women bloggers and some favorites from some web celebs you may or may not know. We hope you'll visit their sites and add more of your favorites in the comments.

ReadWriteWeb Favorites

Marshall Kirkpatrick

Many of my favorites were named by the people below, but a few unique ones include:

Anastasia Goodstein, founder of YPulse, a blog about marketing to youth that even non-marketers will enjoy reading.

Marjolein Hoekstra of CleverClogs, my RSS mentor.

Orli Yakuel, Go2Web2.0, frequently finds web apps first.

Laurel Papworth, SilkCharm, a fabulous Australian social media consultant I've just recently discovered.

Photo: Orli Yakuel, by Yaniv Golan

Sarah Perez

RWW writer Sarah Perez says our own Corvida is her favorite woman blogger, but she's got a list of others she likes a lot as well.

Cyndy Aleo-Carreira, from Profy, a leading news blog about life online and promotion for the Profy blogging platform. Svetlana Gladkova, who writes on Profy.com as well as the Profy Development Blog is also one of Sarah's favorites.

Tamar Weinberg, Techipedia, is an internet marketing rock star and a repeat selection by several people asked to make a list for this post.

Veronica Belmont is a blogger and video blogger all over the internet.

Natalie Del Conte is a blogger and video blogger for CNet/CBS.

Gina Trapani leads the fabulous blog LifeHacker

Emily Chang writes and publishes all kinds of different sites, including PicoCool and eHub. Her design company created the most recent design for RWW.

Leah Culver is a founder of standards-happy microblogging platform Pownce.

Kara Swisher writes for All Things D and is one of the most powerful people on the web.

Sarah Lacy is a business writer, author and blogger focusing on tech.

Wow, what a list!

Photo: Sarah Lacy, by Brian Solis

Frederic Lardinois

RWW's Frederic Lardinois was a little late to the game, so many of his favorites were already taken by Sarah above (whose weren't?) - but here's a few folks he's adding to the list.

Susan Mernit used to work at Yahoo! Personals, is rumored to be working on a secret startup project and has lots to teach all of us about the social media space.

Xeni Jardin writes for weird-hunting blog BoingBoing and publishes media all around the world and web.

Lorelle VanFossen writes Lorelle on Wordpress, a leading source of education about using WordPress and about blogging in general.

Photo: Susan Mernit, by Brian Solis

Friends of ReadWriteWeb

Why stop at just our list? We asked a few other people to contribute. We hope you'll add your list of favorites in comments as well.

Matt Mullenweg is the creator of WordPress and another fan of Lorelle on Wordpress. He also named three other bloggers that were new to our list.

Kathy Sierra teaches people about usability and design. More than a year after a gender-based campaign of harassment led her to stop posting to her blog, Sierra remains a public speaker in high demand and one of many peoples' favorite bloggers.

danah boyd is an academic researching the culture of youth on social networks. If you've ever got some free time and want just one blog to read - hers is a good choice.

Tara Hunt is a marketing consultant and author. She blogs at Horse Pig Cow about how businesses can thrive in the changing online world.

Holly Ross

Holly Ross is the Executive Director of the Nonprofit Technology Network, NTEN. Her must-reads include:

Nancy Schwartz's Getting Attention, all about new media marketing for nonprofit organizations.

Michelle Martin's Bamboo Project is a blog about personal and proffesional development for knowledge workers.

Charlene Li is an outbound analyst at Forrester and co-author of Groundswell, a book and a blog about how big business can transform itself to engage in the social web.

Beth Kanter is a nonprofit tech consultant who has worked with nonprofit arts and community-based organizations for over twenty-five years. Words can't describe Beth's awesomeness.

Mike Linksvayer

Mike Linksvayer is the CTO of Creative Commons, a global organization working to create alternatives to traditional copyright law. His favorite bloggers include:

Wendy Seltzer is a technology law blogger who writes about Intellectual Property Rights.

Kerry Howley is a senior editor at Reason magazine and a blogger.

Michelle Thorne is a thinker, about free culture and a whole lot more.

Carolina Botero is a Colombian blogger who writes in Spanish about Free Culture and technology.

Curt Hopkins

Curt Hopkins is the founding editor of The Committee to Protect Bloggers, a blog and organization dedicated to protecting bloggers around the world from imprisonment, censorship and other offenses at the hand of authoritarian governments. Curt didn't hesitate for a moment before pointing us toward the following bloggers.

Esra'a Al Shafei is a 21 year old blogger from the Kingdom of Bahrain. She writes at Mideast Youth and at FreeKareem.org, a blog dedicated to agitating for the freedom of imprisoned Egyptian blogger Abdul Kareem Nabeel Suleiman.

Israel-Canadian freelance writer Lisa Goldman writes about Israel and media.

Sokari Ekine is the founder of Black Looks, a blog about Africa, women in Africa and a whole host of other topics.

Who Are Your Favorites?

The blogs above are just a few of the many that are written by women leading public discussions about technology and many other topics online. Now that it's time for this year's Blogher conference, we'd love to take the opportunity to discover more excellent women who blogs. Who are your favorites?