To slightly paraphrase Drawf Gimli from the Lord of Rings
It's true, you don't see many Gnome women. And in fact, they are so alike in voice and appearance that they're often mistaken for Gnome men. This, in turn, has given rise to the belief that there are no Gnome women and that Gnome Developers just spring out of holes in the ground ... which is, of course, ridiculous.
 See Gender neutral nicknames and try not to read anything else into it.
All silliness aside I optimistically predict we will look back and wonder how we managed ever managed without Gnome Women. The Gnome community has broadened the definition of what constitutes a developer beyond programming and the direct pursuit of code. Gnome has been transformed for the better by a greater appreciation and understanding for other aspects of development such as: the Gnome Translation Project, the Gnome Documention Project and my own personal favourite the Gnome Usability Project.
The Women in Linux HOWTO should be considered obligatory reading.
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