Gendergap -- Increasing female participation in Wikimedia projects
Wikimedia data indicates that the percentage of female contributors in Wikimedia projects is as low as 13%. This mailing list is intended to be a central forum for discussing strategies and approaches that could be used to increase female participation in Wikimedia projects.
Deborah Wazir says Linux helped her land her current job.
She says she was first introduced to Linux in the late 90s in the form of a Knoppix Live CD that she glanced at and put away. Ten years later a recruiter refused to submit her resume for a position because it didn't specifically say she had Linux experience (even though she had 20+ years of Unix experience).
The starting point of the track titled Think Tank - Open Diversity Summit: Why women matter? was more or less "Women constitute 25 to 30 per cent of wider engineering community, but only 1/2% in Free/Open Source software development. Why, and what are the consequences?". Here are, as food for thought, some comments from ladies attending the track:
(in FOSS) women are told to start with documentation, translation and similar support activities. We must not settle for that, there's more to do.
This is really a cultural issue, quite different from country to country. I (background: highly educated Indian family) went to a software engineering college in the USA where I had zero white women as classmates.
This page contains all the information about the GNOME Outreach Program for Women internships that are planned for December 15, 2010 through March 15, 2011 to coincide with the Southern Hemisphere summer. Please help us spread the word about the program!
* July 12 - September 7: individual mentors and companies add their projects; participants can start getting in touch with mentors, learning about and contributing to projects
* September 7: application form made available on this page
* September 7 - October 25: participants need to get in touch with at least one project and make a contribution to it
* October 25: application deadline
* November 3: we'll announce accepted participants
* December 15 - March 15: internships period
Read the rest at http://live.gnome.org/GnomeWomen/OutreachProgram2010
Some conference organisers will say "we didn't get any submissions from women" to explain the lack of women on their stages. As of two years ago, the Ohio LinuxFest was in that category. With a little outreach effort, and embracing diversity as a core value, the Ohio LinuxFest has successfully recruited more women to share their experience at OLF.
How'd we do? While last year only five of the speakers at Ohio LinuxFest were women, out of a total of 31, this year 14 of the 38 speakers are women. That's a third of the conference speaking slots! One of the two keynoters is a woman. There were 107 talk proposals for the 27 general speaking slots. Before anyone tries to suggest that we simply took them all, it should be noted that a full 48% of the proposals for talks categorised as not assuming high levels of prior knowledge (making them suitable for the most attendees) were from women.
My name is Maciej and I study Global Studies at Gothenburg University, Sweden. Currently I'm preparing to write my master thesis in which I want to investigate free and open source software community using global civil society's theories. Therefore I would like to ask the FOSS community members, both developers and users, to help me with my research. Your motivations of using this kind of software is the key to my study. Although vast majority of FOSS community are men I believe that women's opinions can contribute to valuable findings in this study. Therefore there are very important to me.
I would like to create few virtual focus groups in which motivations of using FOSS would be discussed by the interviewees. The place would be Google groups (I hope not too many people will object using this platform, but this is the easiest way to conduct a survey...).
We'd like to encourage all women in the Linux community to submit a proposal to speak at LinuxCon, the industry's premiere Linux conference. While our CFP has closed officially, we still have it open to receive
last minute submissions.
Here is Cathy Malmrose's tale of how Zareason, her independent Linux hardware company, was born of chaos and Compiz Fusion:
"When you have a chaotic, non-routinized environment, creativity can often flow unchecked, or at least not-too-terribly-hampered by the marketing or finance department.
"One of the most beautiful aspects of LinuxLand is that, in its chaos, a wild creativity can spawn sweet and enduring projects. One of those projects, Compiz Fusion, was sparky enough to help me enter LinuxLand which in turn helped me build a hardware company."
Follow along as I to try to express my gratitude and share a little about each of these women in hopes that you too can understand, appreciate, and come to admire these women and why I consider these women my mentors In, Near, and Around Ubuntu.
Akkana Peck (akk) - I had the opportunity to meet Akkana at OSCON last year though we had talked/chatted in IRC prior to that. Akkana is an excellent public speaker and funny as heck too! Anyone who can make me laugh and understand GRUB a little more in under 5 minutes is awesome in my book. (side note - Her mom is cool too!!!)