We've had a lot of requests from the community on some general statistics for the program, and we'll have more posts in the coming weeks on various interesting statistical tidbits about our students of yesteryear and today.
First, the pretty good news. Consistently between 2005 and 2007, approximately 4% of SoCers are women. While we'd like to see that number increase over time, we're still quite happy that it is double the usual percentage of women reported in the overall open source developer population. We're also proud to support some other efforts to encourage women to participate in open source development, such as the GNOME Women's Summer Outreach Program.
The very good news is that our community is passionately invested in getting more women into open source development. Each time I talk to members of our mentoring organizations, I consistently hear enthusiasm around having female students working with them. And where organizations haven't worked with women in the program, they are actively seeking ideas on how to attract more women to their projects.
We'd like to hear more from the community on this topic: how can more women be attracted to open source development? Or, to put it a different way, how can we ensure we're shipping way more women's t-shirts next year?
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