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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RE[2]: What an utter non-issue
by boldingd on Mon 13th Jul 2009 16:53 UTC in reply to "RE: What an utter non-issue"
boldingd
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2009-02-19

Indeed.

I went to a liberal-arts college where women outnumbered men 4 to 1. Guess how many men where in the C.S. program? I can think of at least 6 (it wasn't a big program). Guess how many women? One. She was every bit as intelligent as her male peers -- maybe more so -- but she was still the only women on the C.S. major track at a school where women outnumbered men four-to-one. I had a Physics minor, too, and that was about as bad: in physics courses, there where probably two men for every woman.

Let me underscored that I'm not trying to denigrate women here. The women who I do encounter in sci-tech-type fields are neither more nor less competent than their male counterparts; they are simply rare.

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