I'm feeling selectively energetic, and thus I'm not addressing directly the particular conference that triggered me in writing, but the underlying issue of how the conferences tend to respond.
The most common response is: they tried, but women did not submit.
I don't think they tried enough.
I believe we should, in conferences, model the world as we want it. We should have half women half men. And with a lineups usually going up to 100 people, it is not hard to find 50 awesome women a year to speak on relevant topics. The audience would get amazing experience and learning. The one threatened by this proposal is the 40 men that in current setup get to speak, and with my proposal have to queue in to another event.Looked through yet another all male conference lineup, realizing I can name a woman who would deliver an awesome expert talk for each topic. For most, I could even name a local woman. Do better.— Maaret Pyhäjärvi (@maaretp) December 16, 2017
Instead of calling for proposals and choosing thinking of equality, perhaps we should be choosing based on equity. And if we did, perhaps we did not have to "fake it" long before we "make it.
- the women who submitted did not choose to bet their time on us but went elsewhere
- we did not do enough to get women to be considered for the program
- we believe in treating everyone the same (equality), regardless if it being an approach that enforces status quo