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.