About Debian Women
The Debian Women project was founded in May 2004. We seek to balance and diversify the Debian project by actively engaging with interested women and encouraging them to become more involved with Debian.
Our main actions include the following:
- Providing mentoring programs;
- Increasing the visibility of active women;
- Creating opportunities for collaboration between new and current members of the Debian Project;
- Actively encouraging and educating the Debian community to increase understanding of the specific issues facing women who wish to contribute to Debian;
- Organising BOFs (open discussions) at FOSS conferences to promote the debate of issues facing women and their involvement with Debian and GNU/Linux.
- Giving talks at conferences, universities, LUGs and schools.
- Running a mailing list and IRC channels for discussion of related issues.
We welcome the involvement of all people who are interested in increasing the participation of women in Debian.
Women in FOSS
There are lots of theories regarding why there are so few women in computer field specially in the FOSS world. Ellen Spertus explains some of the cultural phenomena that might be the cause for this in her paper Why Are There So Few Female Computer Scientists?. It is also worth it to read Val Henson's HOWTO Encourage Women in Linux.