Women in Free Software


TítolWomen in Free Software
Tipus de publicacióText
AutoriaWeiden, Fernanda G.
Any de publicació2005
Tipus de llicènciacreative commons

Why aren't there more women involved in technology? Back in July, when we wrote about David Wheeler's account of his trip to Brazil's 6th International Free Software Conference (FISL 6.0), he specifically mentioned meeting Fernanda G. Weiden there and how successful she has been in getting women there involved. I contacted her and asked if she'd be willing to explain to us why she thinks there are so few women in software development and what can be done to improve the numbers. What is her secret?

Fernanda is a Free Software developer at the IBM Linux Technology Center in Brazil, and she also works maintaining some packages for Debian. She is involved in the Debian Women project and also founded in Brazil the "Projeto Software Livre Mulheres". She is also a member of the Free Software Foundation's Latin American team. She was the first woman to get Red Hat certified in Linux in Brazil. Here is the Debian women's profiles page, where more women developers give advice to other women on how to get involved. And here's a page of IBM Women in Technology, and they share their formative influences and some challenges they have faced in pursuing a career in technology. For example, one says that sitting in the front row in science classes helped her instructors perceive her interest, drive and determination.

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