[ubuntu-uk] Age and gender

Lucy lucybridges at gmail.com
Thu Aug 7 11:37:09 BST 2008

On 07/08/2008, Michael Holloway <michael at thedarkwinter.com> wrote:
> I think, (and without starting WW3 here) that the statistics are linked
>  to a whole lot more. Women have always been welcome to join in these
>  communities. (or at least for a long time ?? don't know how it was in
>  the 80s). But:

The statistics are certainly only a very small part of the story and
the reasons for such an imbalance are many and varied. I agree that
women are normally welcomed into communities, but so far this hasn't

[snip lots of interesting points]

I'm not too interested in going into the reasons for it, there are
lots, and many people better qualified than me have done a better job
of enumerating them. But certainly, the differences in the
socialisation of boys/girls in our society has a lot to do with it.

>  I don't know what the younger generations are like (ratio wise), but i
>  suspect the ratio between is decreasing along with the old "nerd/geek"
>  image that we "the nerds & geeks" had.

Actually, in terms of studying computer science at university the gap
has gotten wider in the last 10-15 years (I can't remember the study
but I suspect it concentrated on the US). I'm really not sure how much
things are improving within FOSS and I'm too young to know what the
situation was like for women 20 or so years ago. Although I do
remember being dissuaded from being interested in computing at every
turn (by both adults and peers) when I was growing up.

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