Bitch Radio: Women in Open Source, Part 2

Sumana HarihareswaraLast week, I spoke with Valerie Aurora of the Ada Initiative about women in open source and how to get more women involved. In Part 2 of women in the open source world, I speak with Sumana Harihareswara (volunteer development coordinator at the Wikimedia Foundation) who I also met at the Open Sourcebridge conference, where she was named on of three Open Source Citizens at the conference (read her recap of the conference here!)

In the following interview, Sumana doesn’t just discuss the challenges that open source software and communities face when it comes to women, but open source’s potential for changing the world through diverse voices. It’s not just about getting more women involved–breaking down language, access, and ability barriers from the get-go is also necessary. In the following interview, Sumana talks about initiatives at Wikimedia to reach out since its lack of women contributors made headlines, the potential for open source social justice, and tips for your first go at editing Wikipedia. Also she quotes Mr. Rogers AND the Bible, and explains kyriarchy with a Hyperbole and a Half cartoon, which is awesome.

Stream our interview above, download it from, or subscribe to Bitch radio via iTunes or RSS! Transcript available here (.doc). Thanks, Ann!

Now visit Sumana’s webpage here, check out Geek Feminism, and go edit your first Wikipedia page!

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Kjerstin Johnson is a writer and editor in Portland, Oregon. She is the former editor in chief of Bitch. She tweets at @kajerstin

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2 Comments Have Been Posted

great post, kjerstin! cheers

great post, kjerstin! cheers to sumana for her efforts.

Hey - this is as great

Hey - this is as great podcast - thanks Bitch Media - really wonderful to hear that tinclusion is high on the priority list of the Wikemedia Foundation. PS - it would be great if there was a 'tweet' link to your podcasts...would love to get the word out.

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