" The program explicitly discriminate against men... by _requiring_ the applicant to be female.... how is that being 'brought in as equals' ?
That is exactly the opposite of that."
The program would be discriminating against men if men had any trouble joining open source projects. Looking at the ratio, they don't. Most certainly the ratio of women in open source projects doesn't match the ratio of women in computer science programs (no, it's not 50/50, but it's not less than 1% either) so yeah, we have a problem, and we're trying to solve it.