Women don't have the same passion for open source men do? Really??
Posted Aug 26, 2009 17:51 UTC (Wed) by BrucePerens
In reply to: Women don't have the same passion for open source men do? Really??
Parent article: FSF to host a mini-summit on Women in Free Software
If you'd like to disprove my argument, it takes more than just an impolite word. I will show you some data.
There are very many parallels between Open Source and the Amateur Radio Service. Both are used for technological development and experimentation. Both demonstrate a "love" of the technology beyond what is needed for employment. And both have carried out this same discussion: why aren't there more women?
While there is no database of Open Source developers, Radio Amateurs are licensed by the FCC (in the US) and there is a public database of their names and addresses.
Information on how to utilize the FCC database is at http://www.n6lhv.net/uls/ . A trivial scan of a sample of the data for women's first names vs. men's first names is easy. You'll find that less than 5% are women.
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