Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 9th Jul 2009 12:09 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y During the Gran Canaria Desktop Summit, Richard M. Stallman of the Free Software Foundation (and the Superfluous Introduction Award goes to...) gave a keynote speech. Said keynote speech raised a few eyebrows in the Free software community because of a number of questionable remarks regarding women in technology. David "Lefty" Schlesinger, member of the GNOME Advisory Board and active in the mobile open source community, took issue with RMS' remarks and decided to call him out on it. The response he got was... Less than satisfying.
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It certainly is an issue...
by SReilly on Thu 9th Jul 2009 12:29 UTC
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and something I'm glad you have taken the time and published here, Thom. In the twelve years I have worked in the IT industry, I have only ever worked with two female engineers. Judging by the comments of some (I hesitate to say most) am my colleagues during those two separate periods, it was two too many.

It's an attitude that I'm sure has lead to many technically minded and adept females considering other career choices. Sure, social stereotypes are a main culprit but such attitudes surely don't help.

I've always been glad to be counted among those who advocate free software but I find it hard to keep up such enthusiasm when I hear one of our main proponents not only come out with such blatantly sexist comments, but not even have the courage, not to mention manners, to apologies once they have been pointed out.

Yes, people are entitled to speak their minds but as you quite rightly pointed out, there is a time and a place. Public figures especially should be aware of this.

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