WoMoz has a Logo!



We are proud to announce that we have an official logo for the WoMen & Mozilla project!

Thanks to all your great submissions and to the community voting, we can now reveal that the grand winner of the WoMoz logo is… (rolling of drums…):

WoMoz Chicks!

Congratulations to Anamaria Stoica, who made a beautiful and expressive design. (can’t wait to see this logo come out on a poster or tshirt)

We’ve updated our wiki, blog, Facebook, and so on with our brand new logo.

Thanks again to all those who participated, voted, and basically helped us out with this!

Note on Logos: all WoMoz logos are under Creative Commons Attribution Share-alike v 3.0

Seems like it was a woman’s week…



This past week, articles about women and open source have just been pouring out all over the Web and the press – especially in France. What’s going on, are things finally starting to change?!

Here are just some noticeable examples of what has appeared these past few days:

  • The popular French woman’s magazine Femme Actuelle (their Website) published an article entitled “Five ‘free’ Free Softwares” (“Cinq Logiciels Libres et Gratuits”, see below for a picture of the article).
  • Not only does this mean that free software is finally considered as something that can interest women in general, but it also shows that it is coming to a more general public. I really like the fact that this information is now available to all, and considered as something important to know about.

    Tristan Nitot is even interviewed in this article, and explains how free software works, and how it is different from proprietary software. Hurrah for Tristan and for showing all women how much Mozilla and FLOSS rock!  🙂

  • The famous French Framablog talks about the article published above in Femme Actuelle, and about Tristan’s interview. They start out their first sentence by stating:
  • “Free software is making progress. Here is yet another example: it is featured on an entire page of today’s number 1,304 of… Femme Actuelle magazine!” (“Le logiciel libre avance. Preuve supplĂ©mentaire, il a droit aujourd’hui
    Ă  une pleine page dans le numĂ©ro 1 304 du magazine… Femme Actuelle !”)

  • Thierry Noisette has published an article on ZDNet.fr (French Business and Technology Website), entitled “Open Source Needs More Women – Women React” (“Le logiciel libre manque de femmes, des femmes rĂ©agissent”). For the original version of his article on ZDNet, please click here. For an English version of the article, please click here.
  • In his article, Thierry notes how very few women are involved in free software, especially compared to proprietary software. But he also states that women have started to react. For example, several FLOSS women – Deborah Nicholson from the Free Software Foundation (FSF), Stormy Peters from the GNOME Foundation, and Hillary Rettig, Free Software activist – have recently organized a ” mini-summit “ around the women in free software issue, on September 19th.

  • Julia Buchner, French Mozilla Contributor (and former intern) and actively involved in promoting women in FLOSS and Mozilla, has started publishing her own articles on Geek Inc. She mainly writes about geek stuff and Mozilla: for example, she’s recently talked about Mark Surman‘s idea for Drumbeat, which you can find here (French).
    The list of all her articles can be found here.
  • And concerning the Internet, the French digital news Website Numerama published in its “Magazine” section a report about women and social media: “Social Media: Women are a majority” (“Media Sociaux : les femmes sont majoritaires“). It clearly shows how women outnumber men when it comes to using social medias, such as Flickr or Twitter.

    So it’s been a busy week for women in open source, and that’s exactly what we want it to be like more often.

  • Open source needs more women, women react



    Translated from Thierry Noisette’s French article published on ZDNet.fr, with the author’s authorization.

    Numbers are unflattering towards Open Source software: women represent 28% of proprietary software developers, against … 1,5 to 2% in Open Source software (see in particular the sources listed in Angela Byron (Drupal)’s excellent June presentation, PDF 139 pages: “Women in Open Source“).

    In a recent article, entitled “Sexism: Open Source Software’s Dirty Little Secret“, IT Management observed: “Look at the boards of prominent FOSS projects. No women sit on the Free Software Foundation’s board of directors, nor the Linux Foundation’s board [actually, it seems that there is one, Ed]. KDE e.V’s board has one woman, and GNOME’s board one.”

    This imbalance is not systematic – an example amongst others is the Mozilla Foundation, led by Mitchell Baker, who furthermore received the Woman of Vision Award from the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology in May. This Framablog post written in October 2008 is a must-read: “Women and Free Software” (in French).

    Women in FLOSS

    Image from «Women in open source», by Angela Byron (Drupal): Yes, there are women in FLOSS!

    Also, several FOSS women – Deborah Nicholson from the Free Software Foundation (FSF), Stormy Peters from the GNOME Foundation, and Hillary Rettig, Free Software activist and author of The Lifelong Activist (and of this interview of an “activist throughout his life”, Richard Stallman) – have recently organized a ” mini-summit “ around the women in free software issue, on September 19th.

    Purpose of the “Women in Free Software” meeting? Discuss ways to increase female participation amongst communities of developers and free software advocates. The first notes from this meeting can be found online here.

    Were present: Mairin Duffy (Red Hat and Fedora), Leslie Hawthorn (Google), Adelaida McIntire (FSF), Deborah Nicholson (FSF), Hillary Rettig, Christine Spang (MIT, Debian), Hanna Wallach (Debian Women, GNOME) and Marina Zhurakhinskaya (GNOME), and the more remote Stormy Peters (GNOME).

    The group has started a wiki, prior to a FSF campaign around the issue and to the Free Planet Conference that will be held in Boston in six months.

    And while we’re talking about meetings and summits: the homepage of the Open World Forum– held in Paris this week from Thursday 1st to Friday October 2nd – displays the pictures of nine speakers and names eleven… of which no women. There is still much work to be done…

    (Translation by Julia Buchner and Delphine Lebédel)

    Prague: WoMoz brainstorming dinner



    Are you near Prague on Friday 2nd of October?

    If so, you are welcome to join us on our WoMoz brainstorming dinner Friday night!

    If you are interested, don’t hesitate to contact me: delphine at mozilla-europe dot org

    Hope to see you there!
    (and if you can’t make it, don’t worry: we’ll hold another session like this soon)