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FSF mini-summit on Women in Free Software

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Announcement Edit

On 24 Aug 2009, the FSF announced that it planned to hold a mini-summit on Women in Free Software. From the announcement:

BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA -- Monday, August 24th, 2009 -- On September 19, 2009, Deborah Nicholson of the Free Software Foundation (FSF), Stormy Peters of the GNOME Foundation and Hillary Rettig, free software activist and author of The Lifelong Activist, will gather a small group of women activists, thinkers, and scholars to identify strategies and initiatives that will foster sustained participation by women in the movement.

The event announcement was very widely distributed, but the event itself only had nine invitees. Women attending included:

Participants and agenda are listed on the FSF wiki [1].


LWN Article Edit

LWN re-posted the FSF's press release the same day. The discussion there is still ongoing as of this writing.

Bruce Perens, a prominent member of the Open Source community, commented (amongst other things):

What I meant was that there are more women who hold technical jobs than there are women who so love the technology that they will work on it whether they get paid or not. That seems to be an especially male thing.

The comments thread also contains a canonical example of dismissing / devaluing women's contributions here.

Event reports Edit

References Edit

  1. http://geekfeminism.org/2009/09/01/fsf-mini-summit-were-you-invited/

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