In a recent article on zdnet.co.uk by Tom Espiner, he points at the “geek culture” that “that disregards the work of capable female engineers, and puts others off entering the profession.”
I’d like to point out that “geek culture” is only one of the ingredients to the under-representation of women in IT, or in Sciences in general. I see it also as a social and education issue (link to a related UF thread, with very good points discussed).
Of course, it would help a lot that women involvement/employment/careers gain the same opportunities than the men ones (the other way around is also true), and that women representations shift away from the hot chick/go-go dancer/blond with big boobs objectifications. Our society has to evolve, our education system has to stop renewing the usual stereotypes (all of them, including ethnics and religion, not only regarding gender).
Lots of work ahead!
Thanks to Aurelie who linked that article in the LinuxChix.fr mailing list, and to all the humans who work towards integration, especially within Linux communities.