Correcting the gender imbalance in open source development

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


About Peter Cruickshank

Lecturer in the School of Computing and a member of the Centre for Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland. Interested in information systems, learning, politics, society, security and where they intersect. My attempts at rounding out my character include food, cinema, running, history and, together with my lovely wife, bringing up a cat and a couple of kids.
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One Response to Correcting the gender imbalance in open source development

  1. ella says:

    I think it could only happen if women set up companies that only employed women and were very successful.

    Although I also wonder whether the gender bias (in IT) is the same in other cultures? e.g. Scandinavia? Germany?

    There are a bunch of women in IT organisations e.g Scottish Hoppers

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