Where are all the women, praytel?
You see, at most every event (save Blogher since that's a female-centric event) there are many more male speakers than female ones. Like, many, many more.
I would understand if women weren't represented in the workplace or in management positions...but they are (even my MBA class was near equal male-to-female ratio). And I would understand if females didn't publish books, articles and blogs...but they do. I would also understand if there were a minority of female speakers...but yet I've no problem booking equal ratios of male-to-female authors for the Book Club (so far we've featured two male and two female authors...the next segment will feature male authors, the one thereafter will be female authors).
Heck, one man I polled in real-time even commented that females are much nicer to look at on panels than males (I do hope they're equally good to listen to and learn from, but a funny comment nonetheless).
Two questions, really:
1. Why do you think there's such a significant amount more males booked on panels than females? It seems to average about 75-80% male (so 20%- 25% female).
2. Can we..should we..be doing better?
If you prefer to answer this question anonymously, or e-mail me on this one, no worries! I sincerely appreciate your feedback (and will keep all feedback anonymous in the piece).
Folks, I'm really trying to understand. Otherwise, I'm left only with assumptions...and assumptions aren't advancing. Oh, full disclosure, CK is female.
Update (a few hours after I originally posted): Whether or not you comment (no pressure)--and while I'll be writing a broader piece citing this great feedback--do check-out the comments. A broad range of opinions and perspectives...sure got me thinking.