Why aren’t there more women in open source (and what are you gonna do about it?)
I’m a big fan of open source and as a woman who mangles a line of code here and there, I’m constantly amazed when I see how few women there are working in the field. Now, this is not one of those boo-hoo posts (you guys are MEAN!) about poor down-trodden women getting short shrift. That’s not really my style. Instead it’s a celebration of some very cool women who work in open source right now and an invitation to you who might be thinking about working on an open source project, or making the choice to support open source projects and developers yourself. It’s important that women both support open source and re-think the reasons we don’t get more deeply involved in all forms of open source.
The list below might give you an idea of what women are working on now, and find a little inspiration on these blogs and the projects too!
I’m honored to be moderating a panel with a few of these amazing women for SDForum’s Tech Women’s Program
WOMEN & OPEN SOURCE: What’s In It For Me? on Thursday, March 31, 6:00 – 9:00 PM at Symantec in Mountain View, Ca.
Follow this link for more info and join us!
Women you should know better
- Alison Chaiken – MeeGo technical consultant at Nokia
- Cat Allman-Program manager for Google’s Open Source Programs
- Elizabeth Krumbach-Linux Force
- Carla Schroder-Author of “the Linux Networking Cookbook” and “the Book of Audacity“
- Vid Ayer-Founder of Ubuntu Women
- Hanna Wallach-Organized the Gnome Women in Open Source project, machine learning researcher and assistant professor at U Mass.
- Leah Culver-co-authored OAuth and OEmbed open API specs and maintains the Python OAuth library. Founder of Convore.
- Mary Lou Jepson-CEO, Pixel Qi, Low power display screens(One Laptop Per Child architecture designer)
- Kim Polese-Founder of Marimba, CEO SpikeSource
- Mitchell Baker-Chair of the Mozilla Foundation
- Yes, I know there are more, list your favs and tell us more in the comments!
How you can get involved
- The GNOME outreach program for women has a list of mentors (always looking for more) and internships available.
- Ubuntu Women mentoring project
- Science Foo Camp
- Google Summer of Code (apply for mentorship March 28, 2011!)
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