First, the very fact that we are asking "why aren't there more women involved in FOSS" is a
part of the problem. I may be male, but I hear a *common* complaint from women in FOSS that
they are constantly asked that question. My grandmother was a physicist and she felt the same
way. So by making an issue of it, we create a problem.
Point 1: Don't let gender matter.
A second point is that there are a *lot* of badly run FOSS projects out there (SQL-Ledger
comes to mind...) where the main developer actively drives away would-be contributors because
he (I don't know of any female cases off the top of my head) doesn't want competition.
Point 2: Many equal, competent, and talented voices are better than one. Have a core
community which debates, deliberates, and decides core project issues. If you must go with a
dictatorship model, do what Linus did and stay away from commercial involvement.
Finally, every piece of software lives or dies based on community. This community is three
tiered: Core management, contributors and advocates, and users. Focus aggressively on
building the community an make all contributors feel welcome.
Point 3: Community is what matters most. Make the most of it.
I seriously think that if we start looking at every individual as someone who can get involved
and benefit both him/herself and the community by doing so, the question will become
meaningless and it will correct itself.