Seeking out women speakers

September 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

As a graduate student I prefer to remain anonymous, but I wanted to share an encouraging story concerning conference speakers.

Last (academic) year a male colleague and I organized a conference meant to create a dialog between philosophers and members of another (also predominantly male) discipline. Though about half of our accepted papers were from female speakers our two keynotes were both male. When we began organizing a second version of the conference for next year my colleague insisted that we seek out at least one female keynote speaker. I was impressed with his diligence in tracking down an excellent female scholar (especially given how few people period are publishing in relevant areas) and with the fact that he addressed the issue without any pushing or cajoling from me.

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