Discussing the Balance

I accumulated a few links this summer about gender equity in computing, particularly in open source. The two that bear re-reading are:

  1. Robert Kaye reports on Kirrily Robert's OSCON keynote "Standing Out in the Crowd". Five years after Michelle Levesque and I looked at gender ratios in open source, the average is still only 1.5% female (though some projects, like Drupal, have reached the same 15-20% as the industry as a whole). Most of the talk was upbeat, though, as some people are working hard to address the problem.
  2. Maggie Fox's "Oi! Are we invisible or something?" makes some of the same points, and offers a checklist of things conference organizers can do to help.