Re: How to create a women-only linux course
Computer science is computer science, regardless of your sex. I think it will be a lot more dammaging to modify the contents of the course to try to match some stereotypes about what women want or need from a course like this than to find another way to motivate women to get into the CS field.
What about just giving the course for free, under the pretense of encouraging women to get more involved in the linux community. Since the course is targeted at women, but nothing would prevent a man from taking it, you would be able to gracefully accomplish both goals at the same time.
I work in the medical field and a big change in the ratio of men to women in medical school happened about ten or fifteen years ago. This was action taken by seveal medical faculties back then, to actively increase the number of women enrolled. It worked, and now there are about fifty percent men and women in medical schools, without any such intervention anymore.
However, if you ask anyone who went to medical school ten or fifteen years ago, they are resentful (both the men and women) that there was such descrimination.
So, while it soved the problem, let's not mince words, it was descrimination. Perhaps there are ways to tackle the same problem in the CS field without being descriminatory?
Last edited by az; October 9th, 2005 at 02:11 AM.
I lost a "z". Anyone seen it around here?