Re: Looking for women? - Something wrong with the numbers?

One of the best and brightest people I personally that is active in free software today does also happen to be a woman. But I never thought about or even considered the question of gender in the context of software freedom. Is there policies in GNOME that specifically promote gender bias? I am not aware of any as such, though I agree if they do exist they should be changed.

If the question that's really being asked here is of the lack of participation of woman in free software, then this question could be broadly asked of IT and the sciences in general. If you are suggesting that GNOME should try and establish specific policies to help counter or reverse this trend, then I have no idea what GNOME could specifically do to help in this regard, though any specific policy proposals that are consistent with the purpose GNOME was chartered for should be welcome for discussion.


Anne Østergaard wrote:
On Tue, 2005-03-08 at 23:28 +0100, Murray Cumming wrote:

On Tue, 2005-03-08 at 23:21 +0100, Anne Østergaard wrote:

In my opinion the first smart Free Software community that understands
that freedom should be for more than 50% of the worlds population
(theoretically speaking) and that it should respect all its users and
would be users plus welcome and include newcommers will be the community
that everyone wants to belong to.

Nobody here decided that freedom is only for men, so there's no need to
persuade us that we are wrong to have decided that. If you have any
practical suggestions to make involvement easier for anyone then let's
hear them.

Nobody decided this. It just seems so to me according to the statistics
and my own experience. I am referring to Free Software and freedom to
have a say in IT matters and to be heard.
And it did not occur to the GNOME society (or anyone else) earlier to do
anything about this fact which could have deep consequences for our
national and global society.


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