People in the OSS development world are waking up to the gender imbalance and are trying out ways of mitigating it:
One idea being considered is the creation of women-focused groups in some open-source communities, said Danese Cooper, a board member of the Open Source Institute and an open-source advocate at Intel. At least one such group, called Debian Women, has been created within the Debian community; So far, four women have joined the project because of that group. Creation of a similar group is being discussed within the Apache open-source community
Techworld: Geeks want women 9 August 2005
…published exactly a year ago. I wonder what progress has happened since?
All part of the general gender bias in the online world – see previous post here