Opening doors to open source for women
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| From thoughtless comments on mailing lists to outright rudeness, women
| constantly battle the perception that there is no comfortable place for
| them in the predominately male world of open source software. That,
| however, may be beginning to change.
| With the advent of projects like GNOME Foundation's Summer Outreach
| Program aimed at supporting women developers, and with women-centric
| LUGs such as LinuxChix and Debian Women springing up, women are finding
| the respect that most community members -- male and female -- feel they
| Once a woman has joined an open source community, there are several things
| she can do to help prop open doors for other women. "One of the major
| things missing from free software right now is female role models -- being
| a role model for other women is one of the best ways to promote women's
| involvement," says Wallach.