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Women In OpenSource

8f3e395f675fbe598687b2ff5b92de46?s=47 Amita
August 15, 2016

Women In OpenSource

My paper will highlight different aspect of diversity and how fedora is supporting diversity in all terms.
It's wonderful to be a woman. Women have been participating in social, political, economic, cultural, and technological fields for many decades and it's time to push it further. Even if Fedora has a rising number of women participating actively in our community, we aim to increase this number by creating and encouraging programs where women interested in IT can develop their personal and technical skills and make a path for themselves in the IT field.

Every activity counts, like running workshops for schoolgirls in undeserved areas or reaching out to college women to spread knowledge about open source. We can share information about many great groups and opportunities, such as OpenHatch, Women in Drupal, PyLadies, Outreachy and Google Summer of Code. There are so many great outreach programs for women in open source, and we just need to spread the knowledge and motivate women out there to join the movement. We can point people to the resources created for supporting women in open source by the Ada Initiative during its existence from 2011 to 2015, and more resources available on the Geek Feminism wiki. There are lots of things to do, and it is not just coding in fact, you can do many different and exciting things to contribute to open source, such as writing, documentation, design, translation, testing, and more.

We can have a helping-pyramid where each Fedora woman can be a mentor of two more women, and once they feel comfortable enough, each one can be a mentor for two more women, and thus continue the work to make our numbers grow.



August 15, 2016

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  2. Agenda • Fedora Diversity • Women Contributions (Myths/Facts) • Initiatives

    • Gaps • How to grow the numbers
  3. Fedora Diversity • Initiative started last year • Fedora Diversity

    Adviser • Diversity Team • Fedora Women Day – 15 July
  4. Women Day - Pune

  5. Myths • Women are not interested in technology • Women

    can't do programming • Men developers are more talented than women • There is no work-life balance for women who work in the tech industry • So on and on...
  6. Facts Let's see ( (feel feel) ) the facts...

  7. Women in Technology

  8. A Specialist

  9. A Director

  10. A Vice President

  11. An Artist

  12. A Designer

  13. An Adviser

  14. Winners

  15. A Tester Please look at my face :)

  16. Facts • Women are very creative • Versatile • Powerful

    and Intelligent • Diversity increases success • Magical numbers
  17. Initiatives • Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing •

    Women in Open Source Award • Outreachy • Google Summer of Code • PyLadies • Women in Drupal • Ada Initiative • OpenHatch
  18. Gaps • Lack of knowledge • Encouragement • Support •

    Time commitment
  19. Helping Pyramid “Let us help ourselves“

  20. Q/A Thanks