March is Women’s History Month and today is International Women’s Day—so we thought we’d take this opportunity to shine a spotlight on some of the great women who work at iFixit and its sister software company, Dozuki.
When you go to a website like iFixit and scroll through the guides, it’s easy to forget that there are tons of real people keeping all those bits and bytes running smoothly. But there are literally dozens of us! We’re an incredibly diverse team, split between two continents—but we’re united by a love of tinkering and repair.
Repair is universal, but the workforce can be less egalitarian. iFixit is both a tech company and a tool company—and, unfortunately, those are both industries where women are underrepresented. At iFixit and Dozuki, 31% of us are women.
That’s not bad for the industry. But it could be better. Which is why it’s so important for us to highlight the women who help make this company, and this community, happen. We answer emails, ship packages, make tools, write blogs, translate repair guides, manage teams, tear down gizmos, and build software. And we’re moms, and wives, and hikers, and writers, and couch potatoes. We’re people, and we’re undeniably awesome.
So, without further ado, here are just a few of the many women who keep iFixit working:
Job Title: Software Project Manager
What’s the last thing you fixed? Replaced MacBook Pro Mid-2012 hard drive cable and hard drive 😀
Maria de St. Aubin
Job Title: Parts Testing Lead
What’s the last thing you fixed? Garbage disposal
Superpower: Troubleshooting and multi-tasking
Job Title: YouTube Hostess with the Most-ess
What’s the last thing you fixed? My car! The door sensor needed to be replaced.
Superpower: Empathy! (and setting big life goals and achieving them!)
Job Title: Customer Service Empathy Expert
What’s the last thing you fixed? My body! After a debilitating, complicated pregnancy, I’m back to weight training and hiking, getting my strength back. I’m also building a futon frame right now, which isn’t fixing but is super fun.
Job Title: China Media Manager and Chinese Translator
What’s the last thing you fixed? Kid’s toy
Superpower: X-ray vision to see through a pile of trivia and zero in on what’s important.
Job Title: Intellectual Property Attorney
What’s the last thing you fixed? My wetsuit
Superpower: Has only broken the site like, 3 times. 4 tops.
Job Title: Software Engineer and Resident Corgi Shepherd
What’s the last thing you fixed? Restructured the Translate page to load faster and be easier for our translators to find the content they need.
Job title: Marketing Maven for Dozuki
What’s the last thing you fixed? Old, busted, broken gutters (and I’m afraid of heights!)
Superpower: Getting shit done
Job Title: New Biz Development for Dozuki
What’s the last thing you fixed? My eyeglasses
Superpower: Surfside Donuts in Pismo Beach, California
Job Title: Japan PR and Translator
What’s the last thing you fixed? Fixed multiple holes on my 2-year-old daughter’s leggings.
Superpower: Makes food magically appear.
Job Title: Chief culinary architect
What’s the last thing you fixed? The roof on my barn.
Superpower: Superpower Replication
Job Title: Software Empress
What’s the last thing you fixed? Toyota pickup truck (I changed the transmission).
Superpower: Communicating with deaf dogs! (I have one and she’s awesome. 😀 )
Job Title: Community Outreach Coordinator
What’s the last thing you fixed? A Samsung NX2000 SmartCamera
Superpower: Cat Whispering
Job Title: Educator & Technical Writer
What’s the last thing you fixed? Holes in my yoga pants.
Job Title: Translator
What’s the last thing you fixed? An iPad Air
Superpower: Avoiding showers.
Job Title: Director of Outreach
What’s the last thing you fixed? Home button on my iPhone
Superpower: Puns, puppets, and Post-its
Job Title: Director of Education Services
What’s the last thing you fixed? Telescope drive system
Superpower: Time traveling
Job: I manufacture repair tools in China
What’s the last thing you fixed? A shattered screen on an iPhone 6
Superpower: Can PhotoShop at the speed of light
Job title: My business cards say “Guidekeeper,” more generally: “Technical Writer”
What’s the last thing you fixed? I think the last thing I fixed (outside of cosplay) was the screen on my mom’s iPhone 4.