WHY WOMEN WON’T
SUBMIT…
…TO SPEAK AT YOUR EVENT
WHY?
WHY DON’T WE HAVE MORE FEMALE SPEAKERS?
WE DON’T HAVE FEMALE SPEAKERS BECAUSE WOMEN
DON’T GET SELECTED
WHY DON’T THEY...
IS THIS A PROBLEM?
…SOMETIMES….
TROLLS
WOMEN, MOREL THAN MEN, ARE
LIKELY TO BE ATTACKED VERBALLY
AND IN WRITING FOR SPEAKING OUT.
IMPOSTER SYNDROME
…MORE THAN MEN
EXPERTISE
WOMEN, MORE THAN MEN, BELIEVE
THEY NEED TO BE AN EXPERT BEFORE
THEY SPEAK OUT.
CELEBRITY FACTOR
WOMEN BELIEVE, MORE THAN MEN,
THAT CONFERENCES ARE FOR THE
CELEBRITIES.
CATCH-22
WOMEN, MORE THAN MEN, THINK
THEY SHOULD HAVE EXPERIENCE
SPEAKING BEFORE THEY START
SPEAKING.
EXTRA HOME RESPONSIBILITIES
+ 7 HOURS / WEEK AFTER MARRIAGE (MEN
GET 1 HOUR BACK)
….AND THAT’S IF THERE ARE NO CHILDREN
+1...
INVITATIONS
WOMEN, MORE THAN MEN, THINK
THEY SHOULD BE INVITED TO SPEAK.
…PERSONALLY, WITH A RIBBON ON IT.
EMPTY ROOMS
WOMEN, MORE THAN MEN, THINK
NO ONE WANTS TO HEAR WHAT THEY
HAVE TO SHARE
SELECTION COMMITTEES
PEOPLE TEND TO RECOMMEND
PEOPLE JUST LIKE THEMSELVES
WHAT CAN WE DO?
GLAD YOU ASKED….!!!
CALL TO ACTION
INVITE MORE FEMALES TO SPEAK
REMOVE TROLLS
ATTEND THEIR TALKS
GIVE THEM FEEDBACK
APPRECIATE THEIR POINT OF ...
APPLY TO SPEAK,
DATACHICKS!
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Why Women Won’t Submit...To Speak At Your Event

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In this 5 minute lightning talk, Karen Lopez covers the reasons why women aren't submitting to speak at your IT event. For the most part, it's not you, it's them.

Trolls, Imposter syndrome, time, confidence, perception, selection committees: they all have a role to play in why women fail to even submit an abstract for your event.

You and your attendees can take steps to remove obstacles, real or surreal, so that women will step up to the podium.

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Why Women Won’t Submit...To Speak At Your Event

  1. 1. WHY WOMEN WON’T SUBMIT… …TO SPEAK AT YOUR EVENT
  2. 2. WHY? WHY DON’T WE HAVE MORE FEMALE SPEAKERS? WE DON’T HAVE FEMALE SPEAKERS BECAUSE WOMEN DON’T GET SELECTED WHY DON’T THEY GET SELECTED BECAUSE THEY DON’T APPLY WHY DON’T THEY APPLY? …..LET ME HAVE 5 MINUTES OF YOUR TIME….
  3. 3. IS THIS A PROBLEM? …SOMETIMES….
  4. 4. TROLLS WOMEN, MOREL THAN MEN, ARE LIKELY TO BE ATTACKED VERBALLY AND IN WRITING FOR SPEAKING OUT.
  5. 5. IMPOSTER SYNDROME …MORE THAN MEN
  6. 6. EXPERTISE WOMEN, MORE THAN MEN, BELIEVE THEY NEED TO BE AN EXPERT BEFORE THEY SPEAK OUT.
  7. 7. CELEBRITY FACTOR WOMEN BELIEVE, MORE THAN MEN, THAT CONFERENCES ARE FOR THE CELEBRITIES.
  8. 8. CATCH-22 WOMEN, MORE THAN MEN, THINK THEY SHOULD HAVE EXPERIENCE SPEAKING BEFORE THEY START SPEAKING.
  9. 9. EXTRA HOME RESPONSIBILITIES + 7 HOURS / WEEK AFTER MARRIAGE (MEN GET 1 HOUR BACK) ….AND THAT’S IF THERE ARE NO CHILDREN +16 HOURS IF THERE ARE 3 OR MORE CHILDREN
  10. 10. INVITATIONS WOMEN, MORE THAN MEN, THINK THEY SHOULD BE INVITED TO SPEAK. …PERSONALLY, WITH A RIBBON ON IT.
  11. 11. EMPTY ROOMS WOMEN, MORE THAN MEN, THINK NO ONE WANTS TO HEAR WHAT THEY HAVE TO SHARE
  12. 12. SELECTION COMMITTEES PEOPLE TEND TO RECOMMEND PEOPLE JUST LIKE THEMSELVES
  13. 13. WHAT CAN WE DO? GLAD YOU ASKED….!!!
  14. 14. CALL TO ACTION INVITE MORE FEMALES TO SPEAK REMOVE TROLLS ATTEND THEIR TALKS GIVE THEM FEEDBACK APPRECIATE THEIR POINT OF VIEW REMOVE OBSTACLES
  15. 15. APPLY TO SPEAK, DATACHICKS!
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