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GCC and gender (was Re: 33 unknowns left)
- From: Sandra Loosemore <sandra at codesourcery dot com>
- To: <esr at thyrsus dot com>
- Cc: Jeff Law <law at redhat dot com>, <gcc at gcc dot gnu dot org>
- Date: Wed, 26 Aug 2015 15:46:48 -0600
- Subject: GCC and gender (was Re: 33 unknowns left)
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On 08/26/2015 02:50 PM, Eric S. Raymond wrote:
About Catherine Moore: One of the things that is quite noticeable
about this list is the number of apparently female contributors, which
while regrettably small in absolute terms is still rather more than
I'm used to seeing in a sample this size.
When I see a photo like this:
it appears to me that women are statistically underrepresented in the
GCC community, rather than the opposite.
This makes me curious. Was any special effort made to attract female
hackers to the project? Is there a prevailing theory about why they
showed up in comparatively large numbers?
It would be interesting to know what, if any specific thing, was done
Speaking as a GCC hacker with two X chromosomes myself, I think I would
be offended if I thought I were being recruited because of my gender
instead of because I'm good at what I do.