Answer that question and you are half-way to getting her to actually use it.
When it comes to using a computer, men and women are on pretty equal footing with men tending to have slightly better math skills and women tending to have better keyboard skills.There is enough variation within each gender to keep this true in a general sense without necessarily applying in any specific comparison.
So, what argument would you use to get a man to use Linux?
Wouldn't you draw out his dislikes about his current OS / application programs and point out how Linux does things differently and somewhat better? If he doesn't use a computer yet, wouldn't you point out that things were harder for him than they needed to be and that a little effort spent learning to use Linux would save a lot of grief over the course of the future and that Linux would be kind to his wallet while he was learning?
If he is already using 'nix on the big iron at work, point out that Linux runs nearly identical programs on much smaller iron ... like the machine he probably already has at home -- the one currently running the blue screen-saver.
Well, if you can say these things to a man, why not say them to a woman with the same earnest sincerity.?
Three weeks ago my wife (of just under two years) asked me to install Linux for her. She likes the way my computer runs and she is frustrated by how Windows keeps losing her desktop graphics.
She sees running Linux as the answer to a problem.
She also sees that Linux offers her multiple simultaneous desktop under each of many GUI's, something MSFT never offered her, and allows multiple background images for each. My wife, the individual, is horrible at math. But it only took her a moment to realize what this meant to her in practical terms.
We have our photographs categorized and can just load an entire category into each desktop. For us, that gives her about 800 desktops of places and people she has fondness for. Every fifteen minutes, she gets a new desktop photo. Given her use patterns, that means she will see the each pic about once every three years. Since she has multiple desktops, her favorite pic of our wedding (or any of 15 other favorite pics) can always be on its own desktop.
I told her I was going to take her good machine away and give her a piece of junk from in the basement but that it would still run at least as fast as her current (fairly beefy) machine. She paused for a moment and bit her tongue (hard!) before deciding to trust me. Then she gave the nod of approval to the swap.That let me give the LTS project a fair trial
She's going to be impressed. I took away an 800mHz machine with 256m ram and replaced it with a P-120 and 64 meg of ram. The replacement machine is actually visibly faster and looks better on the same monitor.
When other women see Linux as the answer to a problem, they will boldly ask for it and, in fact, there will be no keeping them away from it. Until then, there will be no pushing them toward it.
Don't get your knickers in a knot about it. Women were somewhat slow to adopt PC's and they will likely lag a little with Linux, too. It's not a big deal Keep working on simplifying installation without sacrificing speed or stability and, with the passage of time, women will join us en masse. Keep making it a graphically appealing and comfortable place to work or play and they will join us quicker. Men tend to pioneer stuff but the women are seldom far behind. File off the rough edges and clean the place up a bit (ditch dark themes as defaults, rename BitchX and PAN to something a little more mature / less crude) and this place will soon be stop being such a "men only" club.
Sorry guys ... most women are not happy about the term "bitch" and see a pimp as something to be scraped off their shoes. Perhaps BitchX could become "WhichX" or "RichX" and Pimp-Assed Newsreader could be renamed to "Politically Acceptable Newsreader" Right now, at my house, PAN means "Pick Another Newsreader" and, much as I like how it works, isn't even installed.
I am not going to pretend that the rights of free speech mean I have to support someone who uses those rights to be a jerk.