I don’t know.
Seriously, I don’t. I’ve never encountered any big barriers which have stopped me wanting to be in IT, nor have I met with any problems being involved with JBehave. I hear rumours that the Open Source world is full of misogyny, but I’ve been fortunate to encounter only brilliant people who I respect greatly, and who respect my skills, however limited they might be, in return.
I see the occasional XYZ is for girls post, and some people are surprised that I’m capable of creating more than “Hello World”, but by and large such thoughtlessness is gentle, and often done in humour, intended to be funny rather than unkind (and I’d rather we laughed than tiptoed around blatant stereotypes).
I’m genuinely shocked, and I feel incredibly naive and grateful at the same time. This is so far from my world.
Good luck, Kathy. Hope they catch them.