We're starting a new online course: Beginning Programming in Python.
It will be held on the courses mailing list: subscribe to that list to join.
It will probably be a short course, 4-5 weeks; but it may be extended depending on interest.
The course is free and open to both women and men. Standard LinuxChix rules apply: Be polite, be helpful. And do the homework. :-)
The Ada Initiative is conducting a survey of women's participation in open technology and culture communities. The survey is open to both men and women. The survey takes about five minutes to complete. Take it here, and please spread the word! http://adainitiative.org/projects/census/
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.