Are Women underrepresented at academic conferences?

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This post is a response to an article in the Times Higher Education today that women are underrepresented in academic conferences. The article dealt with a number of issues and statistics when it came to under representation of women in conferences. It suggested that it is because women are usually not well represented in professorial ranks in order to be considered worth inviting as speakers but also because they do not feel confident enough to talk in conferences. The article speculated ‘it could be related to their lower perception of their scientific ability and discomfort with self-promotion‘. At best, this statement comes across as totally patronizing towards women. At worst, this statement reinforces some of the gender discrimination women continually face within academia and other professions. I do not believe that women feel less confident. Rather confidence has nothing to do with the way academic networks (which sometimes become…

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