I am so sick of seeing all-male panels at events. In the last month, I’ve noticed three such events in my local community. I’ve had enough, and I hope I’m not alone.
It’s high time we challenge the persistent prevalence of all-male panels at events. As we strive for equality and diversity, it’s disheartening to witness the absence of female voices so blooming often.
It feels like it is worse in certain parts of the country than others and also within certain industries. There are so many other elements of diversity to address that if we can’t even get the most simple one, gender, nailed then we have serious issues.
Why does this matter?
We’re missing out on brilliant minds, fresh perspectives, and valuable contributions that can only come from a diverse range of voices.
How can we make progress if half of the population is left unheard? It’s not just about ticking a box; it’s about embracing the undeniable benefits that come with inclusivity.
So, what can we do about it? Here are a few actionable steps:
- RSVP No! Engage with event organisers. Let them know we expect better, and that we won’t settle for less.
- Nominate outstanding female experts. Identify talented women in your industry and nominate them as speakers, panellists, or thought leaders.
- Lead by example. If you organise an event or are part of a panel, make diversity and inclusion a priority. Ensure the line-up represents a wide range of voices, experiences, and backgrounds.
Elite Business are one event organiser that do this well. There is always a great gender split on their panels and they do well with inclusivity and diversity more widely.
It’s time to end this cycle. By now, all voices should be heard. So next time you are asked to speak at an event, take a look at the gender split and recommend great voices whenever possible.