Deirdre Saoirse Moen

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Women of CSS

08 July 2004

Molly brings up a good point about where the women of CSS are. As a technical woman (twenty-five years as a software engineer), I offer the following observations:

  1. Women tend not to be early adopters of technology and CSS is still in that early adopter phase.
  2. Even where there’s a lot of people who know a subject, there’s not a lot of people who are capable of writing about it.
  3. For some peculiar reason, women seem to be quite absent in the technical books community. It’s not that there aren’t books by women (there are), it’s that there’s fewer of them as a percentage than there are women in any given community. I suspect this is related to the early adopter problem.
  4. The same kind of problem exists in the Linux community, only more so.

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