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Re: Thinking about organizing a special women-oriented event

On Mon, Aug 24, 2009 at 12:13 PM, Holger Levsen<holger@layer-acht.org> wrote:

> On Donnerstag, 20. August 2009, Margarita Manterola wrote:
>> I'm thinking of organizing a local (i.e. in Argentina) Free Software
>> event, where all the speakers are women, and somehow try to advertise
>> this event so that it's clear that it's specially oriented towards
>> women, but obviously men will also be welcome at the event.
> Why? It's not obvious to me. I think not having any men there would attract
> some women who would otherwise not joiin.

My original idea was to have a technical event with useful talks.
It'd be a shame to go through the effort of gathering quite a number
of regional women for an event, and then make it so that only a group
of people (women) can attend.

If it were to be only a "what is free software" event, I agree that it
could be women-only.  But I'm not sure it's healthy either.  One thing
is to try to show women that they can participate in free software, a
different thing is to show a fictitious world where all attendees are


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