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