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Engage women, have fun, get more out of your open source project

Feb 06, 2014, 06:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Erynn Petersen)

There are few women developers and even proportionately less working in open source communities. However, a career in OSS is ideal for women who are seeking balance in their lives whether the balance is starting a family or maintaining balance with friends and a strenuous and engaging hobby. It's well established that there's a shortage of women pursuing careers in computer science. UCLA's Higher Education Research Institute found that just 0.3% of students majoring in technology-related fields are female, despite the high demand for those skills. As few as 1.5% of open source contributors are women.

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