I am man and was at the Conference as well. At some point, I also noticed that there was a jarring lack of women on the panels. Jarring because women were well represented in the audience, as moderators and even among the journalists covering the event. Jarring, as well, because my entire professional (and educational) career to date I have been surrounded by women in a female majority environment. Statistically, this is also true in most white collar jobs below the boardroom level in Israel and the US today. I also noticed the absence of important issues at the Conference such as education, which you really don't need to be a mother, or even a father, to appreciate their importance for the future. So kudos to Allison for pointing out the white elephant in the room. I would only add to what she wrote by stating that I still expect conference organizers to pick panel speakers based on their accomplishments and level of importance to the issues at hand. But to think that this would naturally lead to only 18% women panel participation, anecdotally and probably statistically, doesn't mesh with the realities in a lot of the fields represented.
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