Study: Gender Gap Remains Prevalent at Events
Nearly 70 percent of all event speakers are male
Conference panels often draw a lot of scrutiny due to their lack of diversity, particularly when they feature only male panelists—often referred to as “manels.”
A new report from the event technology company Bizzabo underlines this point. Bizzabo's Gender Diversity & Inclusion in Events Report, an analysis of more than 60,000 presenters at events over the past five years, found that just 31 percent of conference speakers globally were female. While the U.S. does slightly better, at 35 percent, most other countries—including highly developed ones such as the United Kingdom and The Netherlands—do not. The country surveyed with the least representation, Poland, had just 10 percent female representation at its events.
The report noted that just as representation differs by country, different kinds of industry events tend to do better than others. Higher education (44 percent women), education management (41 percent), marketing, and human resources (39 percent each) have the best representation, but a number of technology-related fields, including internet (21 percent), information technology (20 percent), venture capital (18 percent), and telecommunications (16 percent), ranked at the bottom. Fundraisers tend to be the most common type of event for female speakers, with such events made up of 54 percent women, but internal events (35 percent), conferences (32 percent), and networking events (29 percent) tend to be a bit more lopsided.
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