Yeah, I mostly agree that in Free Software those are almost synonyms. But as dlang points out,
the main idea behind many of the women-encouraging projects I have observed and worked
with in recent times assumes that there are women who are interested, but do not involve
themselves because of some kind of barrier: usually, we believe, the bad atmosphere created
by bad behavior against women.
So bear with me here: maybe it's time to rethink this whole thing. Maybe all women who are
interested are already involved, despite having to deal with crappy behavior from time to time,
and we need to work to shift our attention to what makes women not be interested in the first
place, which I think is what Bruce is saying.