I’m sitting here looking at women’s swag apparel wondering how many women we have as project owners on CodePlex (or who work on CodePlex projects). I remember talking to a handful of women at TechEd regarding CodePlex, but i don’t recall anyone working on a project or owning a project.
I found this FLOSS research study that states…
We proposed to study the role of gender in free/libre/open source software (F/LOSS) communities because an earlier EC study (Ghosh et al 2002, 2005) revealed a significant discrepancy in the proportion of men to women. It showed that just about 1.5% of F/LOSS community members were female at that time, compared with 28% in proprietary software (NSF 2004)
Of course, these studies are several years old, so the numbers could be different today. If someone knows of a more recent study, let me know. Also, i’m not sure what “community members” are defined as, but it seems to imply those who are involved in a project in some way, whether owner, developer, or contributor.
With over 5,000 projects on CodePlex now, if we do the math (5000 * .015), we get 75 projects that have women working on it in some way.
Any women out there? Let me know!