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. It was not open to the wider community to attend.
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 first meeting of what became known as the "Women's Caucus" was held in 2009.
Women attending included:
- Recommendation that FSF replace a sexist anti-Apple-DRM sticker
- A day-long summit at the LibrePlanet conference
- A speaker bureau
- A women's couch-surfing network to defray costs of travel associated with conferences
- Partner with a youth organisation (see Girl Scouts initiative below)
- Find funding to get computers for young girls
- Mentoring program
A second meeting was held in mid 2010.