[UbuntuWomen] Mark Shuttleworth's comments

bapoumba bapoumba at ubuntu.com
Mon Oct 5 19:45:27 BST 2009

On Mon, Oct 5, 2009 at 12:09 PM, Flavia Weisghizzi <flavia at weisghizzi.it> wrote:
> Hi!
> I really agree that what Mark said has been probably out of place. But
> to whom would like to leave the project for this, I'd like to say that
> we have to remark and underscore our disappointment, but fight in the
> same field.
> It's incontrovertible that the male share is higher in IT, and leave
> means only make the female one lower.
> I really don't fell myself inferior if someone say it to me, I do
> realize that someone is so blind to look at the box and not what box
> contains.
> So my personal opinion is show that we dissent from any sexism and try
> to make the female presence stronger.
> For example, Elizabeth Krumbach is candidate to CC. A girl in the CC
> could be a first step.
> Huges!
> Flavia


This could be an opportunity.

If you are standing in a line and step on someone's toes by accident,
do you ignore that person? No, you probably spontaneously apologise.
If you change the wording to any human group, would it work? No.
"we'll have less trouble explaining to French what we actually do." If
it does not work with French (pick up any group, I'm French, try with
minorities), why would it work with girls?

I'm very interested to see how project leaders set an example and show
the majority what to do when such slips happen.


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