Lately it seems like the question making the rounds hasn't been "where are the women bloggers", it's been "where are the women speakers?" I've been getting emails on the subject, which prompted me to write a post on it, but the conversation has been growing and percolating all over the BlogHerSpere.
Yvonne DiVita is only the most recent woman to throw a brochure for a conference into the circular file because she noted there was not a single woman speaker. But other BlogHers are very publicly asking: why so few women speakers? Why no women quoted? Why no women on your reference list?
Two posts from Nancy White
The comments on the Les Blogs 2.0 Program post
Did I miss anybody? Post your post on this same topic in the comments here.
Now in those Les Blogs comments, and on Debbie Weil's blog (and my own) some of the guys running the conferences in question have chimed in, trying to explain. (Which motivated me to write a dedicated response to the most common reason given, women didn't submit, entitled: Whose Job Is It Anyway?)
Bottom line: more and more of these women are calling for us to keep talking about it but to also start taking action.
There's supply-side action...like listing yourself on the Speaker's Wiki and submitting your proposals.
And there's demand-side action...like not attending homogeneous events, or subscribing to homogeneous publications and blogging about why.
What are your thoughts?