Last week I had the good fortune of attending DrupalCon Barcelona 2007 -- a convergence of some 400+ people involved in the Drupal open source project, from all over the world.
7% of us were women. And I dare say that was not an under-reprentation of the Drupal community as a whole.
It really might seem, at first blush, to be quite surprising that an open source project like Drupal, which has a very open, inviting and not-all-that-macho development community, has so few women, but the problem of female under-representaqtion is endemic across technology; open source is no exception. During a BOF session at DrupalCon Barcelona 2007, some of us wondered why that is.
The consensus answer: visibility.
If you just casually glance around tech departments in companies and tech-oriented conferences, it's easy to get the impression that there aren't many women in technology these days. Yet it's undeniable that women are making a big impact on the technology world. (If you think it is deniable, then please keep reading.) Exploring this subject is a special series this month on O'Reilly: Women in Technology. Every day this month, an accomplished woman in technology shares her thoughts.*