[OSGeo-Discuss] Re: [OSGeo-Women] Post FOSS4G2010 thoughts

Mateusz Loskot mateusz at loskot.net
Sun Sep 12 17:46:27 PDT 2010

On 13/09/10 02:41, Simon Cropper wrote:
> On Saturday 11 September 2010 9:09:33 pm Anne Ghisla wrote:
>> On Sat, 2010-09-11 at 02:01 +0200, Mateusz Loskot wrote:
>>> Dear Ladies,
>>> During the conference, Athina shared her impression about
>>> gender mix in the board of directors.
>>> I thoroughly support Athina's opinion it would be beneficial for the
>>> foundation if some women could make it to the board.
>>> Thus, I'd like to send out some bits of encouragement to you ladies.
>>> Please, stand out!
>> Hi Mateusz, all,
>> [I cc discuss list to broaden the audience]
>> thanks for encouraging the participation of women in OSGeo!
>> Lot of thoughts and live discussions took place at the conference, and I
>> had a chat with Helena about her perception of gender bias. In the US,
>> she feels that women are no more a minority in the computer science
>> field. It is not the same in other parts of the world, however, and
>> that's something that OSGeo, as US-based foundation, has to consider.
>> Athina and me also discussed about how women presence is uneven
>> regarding the profile, i.e. coders, managers, sysadmins etc, so it is
>> risky to generalise.
>> Lots of women attended the conference, and honestly I didn't expect it,
>> so it was a very pleasant surprise :)
>> I'd be interested in the women percentage in workshops, presentations,
>> guests, and so on, and of course, in direct feedback from them.
>> That said, I join Mateusz and Athina in encouraging all women to show
>> up :)
>>> Best regards,
>> best regards
>> Anne
> Hi All,
> Personally I find such conversations quite frustrating and irritating. The 
> whole tenor of the conversation smacks of political correctness gone mad.
> Is there any evidence that women have been specifically targeted by OSGeo so 
> that they can not make it to the board? Is there any evidence that women are 
> unable to attend or contribute to OSGeo activities? No, at least from what I 
> have seen.


You clearly haven't understood my post which was dedicated to women
and trying to encourage them to stand out a bit more.

Best regards,
Mateusz Loskot, http://mateusz.loskot.net
Charter Member of OSGeo, http://osgeo.org

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