jenny reflects on the line up of women speakers (or not) at christian conferences in a blog post where are the women? . it's brilliant as always. jen says she is picking up on just one issue.
so let me pick up on another... when you are running a conference it's simple - decide to have approx 50% men and 50% women speakers (without being dogmatic about it - 40/60 or whatever would be fine). all it takes is sensitisation and intentionality - i.e. you need to be aware of it, and i realise that in itself is a massive leap as there is a lot of invisibility around it. and then just do it. we had a conference this week for pioneers and had 3 men and three women speaking at it. we would actually have had 4 women but one dropped out at the last minute who would have been one of our plenary speakers. we simply decided and it wasn't a difficult decision or even a big one. it was just obvious to us on the team as i guess there are enough people sensitised to it.