The Feminine Voice
Several weeks ago I attended a couple of conferences in a row. The first was a work conference and the second was a blogging conference. I don’t attend many conferences these days or large meetings. Often for work I am in committee meetings and participants turn to me for expert advice as the do my colleagues around the province.
I work in a field dominated by women and as such the work conference was majority women, by a wide margin. I’m not sure exactly how many people were at the conference, but 100 participants is probably a reasonable guess. I didn’t specifically count how many men were in the room. Generally speaking there was one or possibly two of us per table. Most table had one male. So there were maybe 10 -15 men at the conference.
On the first day I noted that between speakers and commenters we heard no female voices (other than speaker introductions) until mid-afternoon. [Read more…]