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voluntarily silenced and invaded by men’s
gressive or bossy
timonials or experiences
Image: Kaye Blegvad
Image: David Sipre
What conference organizers answer when asked for female s
Image: Caperton Gillett and Feministe
Female Conference Speaker
B I N G O
We need big-
and few of
It’s a male-
There aren’t a
lof of women in
we called were
bailed at the
All the women
Trying to get
You have to be
going to invite
you to present
Women are shy
ever want to
to act more like
No one has
to hear from
Fine, YOU tell
me who they
never heard of
just wanted to
get the best
You can’t kick
out a male
speaker just to
fit a women in
shoehorn in a
she doesn’t fit
It’s a self-reinforcing cycle. Few women getting hired to speak me
It’s a self-reinforcing cycle. Few women getting hired to speak means fewer can
become stars, which means fewer will get hired to speak.
Yet, the odds that a panel might "randomly" be all men are astronomical.
Work by mathematician Greg Martin suggests that all-male lineups don’t “just
happen,” despite what conference organizers might claim.
Source: Lauren Bacon, The Atlantic
Since the team couldn’t take on personal liability for the costs, there wa
hard decision to made.
That decision was: Cancel the event.
Consequences of (in)visibilit
Since speakers are usually ma
audiences are given a narrow
perspective. Fewer women ch
speak, and fewer are chosen.
Without the opportunity for wo
serve on panels as thought lea
women lack profile-building sp
opportunities, an important
contributor to experience and
Source: The Panel Pledge
The gender gap in public speaking is
It is the consequence of internalized
Women’s lower inclination to
speak in public and/or
Men’s greater visibility in
Why is this a serious issue?
Because of the loss of tremendous opportunities!
By 2020, there will be 1.4 million jobs available in computing-related fields. US
graduates are on track to fill 29% of those jobs. Women are on track to fill just
THE FUTURE IS IN CODE AND I WANT
WOMEN TO WRITE IT.
— Kathryn Parsons, Cofounder of Decoded
Coding is still the most important skill of the future.
80% of jobs in the next decade will require technological skills.
Also because the lack of female perspective in science can have dramatic
Hold others accountable:
– Call out bias.
– Make others justify decisions.
– Make decisions collectively.
Suggest women or members of underrepresented groups to be
speakers or panelists at events you attend.
Join or donate to feminist hackerspaces.
Learn to code.
Set up your own website or blog.
Nominate impressive women in tech around you.
Ask your employer to review their hiring process and HR practices.
Ask your employer to run unconscious bias training and only to sponsor
events with anti-harassment policies.
Start your own company or activist group making a change for women in
Watch movies and read books about female scientists or inventors.
Buy science/construction toys for your daughter.
Introduce your daughter to female professionals in the tech field and show
her their daily jobs.
Bring your daughter to a makers fair.
develops more open source tools and platforms.
amplifies alternative and diverse narratives of women’s lived realities.
regulates surveillance practices.
secures a safe, healthy, and informative internet for children and young
is completely free from online or tech-related violence.
THE FUTURE OF TECH IS
NOT A PRODUCT, IT’S PEOPLE