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Re: Interesting article

On Mon, 25 Oct 2004 14:32:15 -0400, Andres Salomon <dilinger@voxel.net> wrote:
How about ecartis? http://www.ecartis.org/history.html I'm not sure who's
maintaining it these days, but I recall dealing w/ Rachel and JT years
I think it's still Rachel (and not to forget Trish Lynch), although the project has been in a very silent phase for a while.

But to me the ecartis project looks like a very good example for why there are so virtually none female Open Source project leaders: While a lot of the male project leaders (of projects equally sized) are payed to work on them or have enough money, e.g. from dot.com projects, or have an employer who allows them to spend time on their projects, both, Rachel and Trish seem to be unable to get funding (not even jobs) of any sorts. Then, there are family matters: Like in the enterprise it looks much easier for male project leaders to have children and a partner and still be able to commit lots of their time to the project. As experience shows women usually will prioritize family- and housework and second commit to their projects (which far too often means: allowing their partners to spend more time on their projects).

Both of the mentioned issues seem to be the reason for the slowdown of ecartis development.

Sad to say, but it's always the same sad story...


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