It is “Women in Open Source Week” this week, and the Joomla! Marketing Team wanted to share an article featuring Joomla's women leaders.
How did I get here?
I’ve been building websites with Joomla for the past five years more or less. I was looking for a solid CMS to attend to my needs as a designer and a web developer, and to give my clients the freedom to be their own content managers.
I came to Joomla because of its strengths and abilities, and stayed for the community and open source values. For the past three years, I’ve been involved with JoomlaDay Israel organization and design, and am co-managing the Facebook group Joomla Israel. At the last JoomlaDay Israel, I heard David Hurley talking about the community worldwide – the importance of giving back to the CMS that is giving me a source of income and how I make my living.
Since it met with my own beliefs, I decided that it is time for me to give back to the community – so I joined with David’s help (and Ofer Cohen as well) the Joomla! Marketing Skype chat, and took the first assignment that I was offered which was to write an article for the opensource.com website about women in Joomla.
I had great pleasure in the past two weeks getting to know those inspiring Joomla women leaders. Under the great leadership of Jessica Dunbar, we managed to get 10 women to write their bio, insights and thoughts about being a leader in Joomla and Open Source.
We also had a few very interesting discussions and I would like to share some of my own insights on the subject. We talked about the necessity to give women a whole week in opensource.com. Hasn’t time changed and it is not needed anymore? Perhaps putting the light on the subject is making the matter more complicated than what it is?
But, it seems that although we’ve gone a long way – it is not a common thing to see a room full with women sitting in a cubicle and coding their way into the world. Even in modern countries you would see less women than men in the development areas of the business.
We managed to agree that the IT world is male dominated. Things are changing, although we would like to see them changing faster. We also agreed that within open source, and Joomla specifically, it’s less noticeable, but it is still there.
What I personally find very helpful in the open source community, and Joomla in particular, is that it can be a very anonymous environment at first – which can give a jumping point to people who otherwise might have a much harder time getting involved.
Women in IT is a controversial subject, but it's a subject that is close to my heart. I am planning to research it some more within the next few months and I promise to come back with insights if I will meet any.
Here is part one of the article that was published this week on opensource.com: http://opensource.com/business/14/1/Joomla-women-leadership