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Re: Women's participation chart


On Thu, Sep 09, 2010 at 03:07:24PM -0400, David Raleigh Arnold wrote:
> The x-axis says that women have reached 40. What? 40 women or
> 40 pct of something? Regards, daveA

40 is not a percentage of something, 40 is the actual number of women who did
a First Upload between 1996 and 2010.
Roughly speaking, we can say that *in percentage* the Debian Project is in
line with the general FLOSS trend in which the presence of women is in the
order of 1,2-1,5%.
As a sidenote, I can add that a recent study made some noise because pointed
out that women represent 28% of proprietary software developers against 1,5 to
2% in Open Source Software.

It's important to compare the number of First Upload (40) with the (little)
number of women become DD (15) or DM (2):is it a good rate? We can't answer,
cause there's not similar statistics for male contributors (and we
(Debian-Women) are on the
way for making it) and, if it's not a good rate: where's the bottleneck?

So, stay tuned: we're working on this stastistic_stuff. And hints are welcome!


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