Women & Mozilla Survey Results

Rikki Endsley

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Oct 29, 2010 GMT
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WoMoz internal survey results and conclusions are now available. The blog post says that the main purpose of the survey was to "... detect areas of improvement related to gender issues in Mozilla and FLOSS communities," but also notes that finding women who are active contributors to Mozilla was a challenge. Only 18 of the 30 women contacted responded to the survey. From these responses, the survey team concluded that many of the women have experience with the Ubuntu project, so reaching out to Ubuntu Women might help attract more contributors. Some of the women who are contributing to Mozilla are doing so as a result of being contacted from somebody already involved with the Mozilla project. Also, "lack of time" seems to hold women back from contributing to Mozilla.

The post says that current contributors do not seem to be " ..too affected by sexist issues," but goes on to say, "This can be a good thing, because it can mean that those issues are not really a problem in Mozilla, but it also can mean that for those for who it is an issue, do not even join the FLOSS community in the first place."

Visit http://www.womoz.org/ to find out more about Women & Mozilla and to see the rest of the survey conclusions.

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