If you’re keeping count, you’ll know that there are seven women listed in my blogroll. These seven women are PHP programmers, and I’ve made it a point to include them in my blogroll because women are underrepresented in PHP and these women provide a much-needed voice for all female PHP developers. However, it still seems that there are very few PHP developers who are women, or perhaps, they’re just not very active in the community, which is my hunch (seeing as how there are at least four women who frequent the Atlanta PHP meetings).
Tonight, during a conversation on IRC, my good friends Ligaya Turmelle and Elizabeth Naramore resolved to change this by announcing a call for the creation of a women’s group for PHP programmers. Now, I’m not a woman, but I’m blogging about this because I think this is an important opportunity for the PHP community to reach out to the female programmers of the world and make them feel included in what has largely been a man’s industry.
So, if you’re a woman and you’re a PHP programmer or you’re just interested in the group, drop by Ligaya’s or Elizabeth’s blogs and let them know. You can also find them both in #phpc on Freenode IRC.