Groklaw: Women in Free Software

“The gender issue in the Free Software community is a big
paradox: we have a community of volunteers teaching the world how
to develop technology in a different way, one willing to distribute
equal opportunities through free access to the software, and at the
same time a community in which more than 50% of the total world
population doesn’t participate.

“A couple of studies have been done about female participation
on technology, and they suggest numbers of around 20% 1 in most
countries, measuring such things as the number of women enrolling
in IT courses like computer science at university, for