Women writ­ers

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Igreatly en­joyed read­ing Joanna and Nancy Mel­lor’s let­ter con­cern­ing the lack of fe­male con­trib­u­tors. As a reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tor to the mag­a­zine, I’d like to share my thoughts.

As Neil rightly points out, ar­ti­cles are mostly sub­mit­ted by male free­lancers who pitch ideas to the ed­i­tor. There is no de­lib­er­ate ex­clu­sion of women and, in­deed, sev­eral of the Linux-re­lated mag­a­zines I write for have fe­male ed­i­tors. This is par­tic­u­larly true (and sur­pris­ing) in my spe­cial­ist field of cy­ber­se­cu­rity as, in the­ory, there’s noth­ing to stop a woman teach­ing her­self to code pri­vacy-re­lated pro­grams. She needn’t even re­veal her gen­der if she wishes, yet the field is al­most en­tirely male. This said, the most se­cure OS I have ever seen to date is Qubes, the brain­child of Joanna Rutkowska.

At a time when women un­der­tak­ing jour­nal­ism cour­ses at Bri­tish uni­ver­si­ties out­num­ber men, and over 70% of free­lance writ­ers are fe­male, clearly there’s no short­age of women with the po­ten­tial to con­trib­ute to Linux-re­lated mag­a­zines. If there are any fe­male read­ers who are new to Linux and would like to write about this awe­some OS, I would be de­lighted to pro­vide some point­ers. Feel free to con­tact me in con­fi­dence at

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