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Attracting Women to Open Source

Posted on 2009.07.15 at 00:09
Current Location: Montréal
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I'm running a Birds of a Feather session about attracting more women to open source software at the Linux Symposium tomorrow (err, today. Weds, July 15th, 3pm).

Thus far, I have seen a grand total of two other women at the conference. Probably my fault due to my staying on "hallway track" mostly, but even so. (Hallway track = sitting around chatting with people in the hallway rather than attending sessions. I failed to signup in advance for the tutorials so I've been taking a couple of great social-geek days.)

I'm really hoping I'll see a few more women out and about tomorrow. But even if not, it should be interesting. Last year, I blew a few people's minds by talking about the death threats against Debian women (and others. Lucky me -- I've gotten one of those death threats since last year! *sigh*) I've got some good stories and some bad stories to talk about, and hopefully they'll stimulate some good discussion. If I can at least make sure a few people are aware that there are issues, then I'll count this as a win, but it'd be even better if we could actually find some ways to help solve the problem!

So here's hoping for some great new ideas, and an interesting session!


radhardened at 2009-07-15 12:52 (UTC) (Link)
Best wishes on the session, and I'm sorry I can't be there this year!
J. Rosen
kafkonia at 2009-07-15 21:39 (UTC) (Link)
I'd just like to apologize to you, (again if I already have), on behalf of men everywhere. We are not all misogynistic pieces of shit assholes like that. People like that should have everything they wish on others happen to them.
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