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For most open source projects, women make up a very small minority of participants. It's not uncommon to have only a handful of women attend open source computer conferences. Joomla fares better than most open source projects. A recent estimate of JAB attendance was 30%. In the Joomla leadership (PLT, CLT, OSM), 20% are women.
In Joomla User Group New England, there are routine monthly meetings with 10-12 women present and only 2-3 men. At Marlboro College Graduate School, the most recent Joomla course had 12 women and 3 men enrolled.
Why are so many women present in the Joomla community in general, and the New England Joomla community in particular, where women are vastly underrepresented in other open source communities?
In this session, we shall discuss how to actively involve women in open source communities in general, and with Joomla in particular. Men and women are encouraged to attend to identify ways to encourage more participation in the community by women, including active coding and community contributions.
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