Free and opensource software community traditionally have less women participation. It seems the gender difference became an issue, a barrier, instead of an opportunity. I further think, we need to recognize these differences in order to take advantage of them.
Do we recognize these differences? I have heard some topics or discussions that usually focus on “women also can do…”. It’s good that people recognize women actually can do them, but that gives male audience a false confidence of knowing women interpreter their challenge the same way as men, or are motivated the same way.
I decide to try to demonstrate this with a carefully designed dialogue, the subtle difference on women perceive, part-take and motivated in FOSS setting. The way I did it in GNOME Asia HK, sparked attention and recognition more than I expected, so here is it to share:
Dialogue 1: between Bob (male) and Carol:
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