Ok. If the issue is "problems faced by women in FOSS" then where is the list ?
Posted Sep 30, 2007 12:31 UTC (Sun) by nix
In reply to: Ok. If the issue is "problems faced by women in FOSS" then where is the list ?
Parent article: To Sir, with Love: How To Get More Women Involved in Open Source (O'ReillyNet)
The only facts I can see in this thread consists of requests from you that
other people should prove a negative. This is of course impossible.
And as for `just look around': can you find *any* other field of human
endeavour with a percentage of female participants as low as free software
development? It's damned rare (perhaps pure maths?), and software
development is not something which appears to be intrinsically male-only:
even if you go in for the `extremes of ability are male' hypothesis, free
software development does not *require* extremes of ability. It's not
*that* hard, and with a global talent pool to draw from we'd expect more
than the well under a hundred female free software developers total that
Women don't 'choose not to participate' in most fields. It behooves us to
determine why they choose not to participate in this one, and if possible
fix it: not by forcing anyone to participate, not by massive and enforced
changes, but simply because doing things that cause half the human race to
choose to avoid us is a bad way to ensure that we have many eyes to make
bugs shallow and come up with neat ideas. It's obviously a good idea, just
as trying to make small changes that avoid us driving away Indian or
Japanese participants is a good idea.
(And they *do* participate in proprietary software development in larger
numbers. 1/5th of the *programmers* on the thing I work on in my working
hours are female: still not a high percentage but way higher than in free
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