[Linux-aus] Grant proposal - Girls in ICT event

Donna Benjamin donna at cc.com.au
Fri Jan 13 06:16:01 UTC 2006

On Fri, 2006-01-13 at 02:16 +1100, Pia Waugh wrote:
> I have certainly had more
> opportunities because in this community you have more of a chance (in my
> belief) to prove yourself as a capable individual, regardless of your
> beliefs, genes, gender, age or whatever. Having working in both highly
> proprietary and highly open source environments, I certainly know which one
> has worked for me :)

This really is an important opportunity for Linux Australia.
Why?  Pia's stint as President gained worldwide recognition for the
position of women in the Open Source Community, and the recent profile
on Pia in the UK's Linux Format is testament to that.

There is also a lot of false mythology about the lack of women in IT, by
supporting events such as the http://www.witwomen.org.au/index.htm we do
our bit to counter those myths with the positive reality of working in
Open Source.

Not only do I support the idea that Linux Australia should take up the
kilobyte sponsorship, but I also strongly support Pia's involvement as
an ambassador - and poster (penguin)chick for Women in Open Source.

Rock on Kung Fu Lady.

donna benjamin - executive director
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