I realize what I'm about to address is a rather sensitive subject, and I'll try not to offend, but please give me some latitude. Um ... is there anything we can do about women and Linux? These days women use computers just as much as men do, possibly more, and yet the stereotype of the Linux user is the greasy guy who lives in his parents' basement and would turn to dust if sunlight shone on him. I know that this stereotype is untrue, but I think the grain of truth in it is that there are more men who use Linux than women.
In your article you wrote about "the grandma test," and I've written about how my girlfriend uses Linux without difficulty. I realize that anecdotal evidence isn't really evidence, but this is enough for me. Except when it comes to a few specific things (upper body strength for men, giving birth for women, etc.) men and women are equal and can do the same things. We've broken down a lot of the gender boundaries that hindered people in the past, so that now we have women in executive positions in corporations while at the same time men are making dinner (I'm one of those guys - I love to cook).
I know there are groups such as LinuxChix, but it still seems to me that women are underrepresented in the Linux community at large.
So, what can we do to get more women using Linux? Should we even try? Would it be better to let things happen and see how they turn out? Any thoughts you have would be appreciated.
P.S. I should have revealed my hidden agenda. I have a dream in which women transform the Linux world and the outside perception of it in a way similar to what women did for science fiction. Before Alice Sheldon (James Tiptree Jr.) Ursula K. LeGuin, Octavia Butler, et al., science fiction was often about (and perceived to be about) rocket ships, ray guns, ridiculous tentacled monsters, and so on. When women started writing science fiction, everything changed. Of course there were men who were writing science fiction as real literature before women became involved, but even those men were held to a higher standard after that. Of course on television and in the movies the thing that's changed the most is the quality of the special effects, but I'm talking about written works here.
Anyway this is getting to be a rather long addendum, but I will end by saying that I would just like to see more balance.