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From Anjana G Bhattacharjee <>
Subject Re: [DISCUSS] [VOTE] roll women@a.o into dev@community.a.o
Date Sat, 17 Jul 2010 17:44:35 GMT

On Fri, Jul 16, 2010 at 5:04 PM, Ross Gardler wrote:

> A little history is probably relevant here. Woman@ was set up on Aug 7
> 2005, during that time it has had very little activity with the most recent
> email being Sept 14th 2007.

> The fact is that people are not looking for a list called "women@".
> Nevertheless the reasons that the list was originally created are still
> valid.
> The community development project was created last year. In our original
> resolution we had not proposed taking the women@ "activity". Instead we
> are focussing on making it easier for people in general rather than on the
> issues facing a specific group. The board requested that we take ownership
> of the women@ work too. Since women@ has always been "just a list" it has
> had no official role in the foundation. Bringing the activity into ComDev
> provides a vehicle through which more action can be taken if there are
> people willing and able to undertake such action.
> Rolling the women@ list into the dev@community.a.o list need not be a
> permanent solution. If there is sufficient momentum behind the women@objectives then
we could, at some point in the future, create
> - however, at this point in time there is no
> need for such a list as demonstrated by the lack of activity on the existing
> women@ list [2].

Please note that the source data used above is incorrect, with the most
recent email activity actually going a little way beyond Sept 14th 2007 [1],
including an interesting post dated 3rd March 2009 [2] which links to some
research work done on the "Effects of Gender Socialization on Females in the
Open Source Community" [3]

Hope this helps, A


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