Lately there has been a lot of discussion around conferences in the tech world and the amount of female representation on the panels. Whilst this has been an issue for years (check out this post by Sara Williams on our site from 2011 and make some time to read the great comments as well ).
The issue really came into the public domain recently when Rebecca Rosen wrote this piece on the Panel Pledge in The Atlantic.
The simple premise of the pledge is that male speakers at tech and science conferences should refuse to participate unless there are women on stage with them.
It received a lot of attention as Rebecca details in this follow up piece.
think of it all not as “quotas” (or tokenization) but as a passion for seeing diverse viewpoints fairly represented on a stage.
I don't want to sit at an all-female table any more than I want to listen to an all-male panel. So to those of you who plan events, host conferences and generally play a part in shaping the future of this industry: enough of the force-fed monoculture. We're a diverse lot – represent us accordingly.