This is a talk at the LinuxChix miniconf, from 11:05–11:40 on Tuesday 16 January 2007 by Sulamita Garcia. It will be preceded by a 5 minute welcome by Mary Gardiner.

One of the most frequently asked questions in Open Source community is: where are all the women? Research shows that just 2% of open source developers are women. Althought we are not majority in IT in general, there is a lot of more women working in there than in FOSS comunities.

But in some places, there is still the belief women don't like computers, or are naturaly born with some anti-linux flag. We do not agree with that. So we collected several reasons to this, including history, educational and social reasons with lead to this scenario. But we also want to change it, and there is some suggestions of how can we do that.

LinuxChix is a community for women who like Linux, and for supporting women in computing. The membership ranges from novices to experienced users, and includes professional and amateur programmers, system administrators and technical writers. It is one of the first communities to advocate women in FOSS, and became a reference for that.

Miniconfs/Linuxchix/Schedule/Talks/WomenAndFOSS (last edited 2007-02-08 01:55:13 by Brenda)

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