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Kat Haber

Organizer / Curator, WILD Foundation


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How can TEDx events balance the ratio of female to male speakers?

Recently many organizers and TED staff have been wondering why men are more likely to show up on TEDx stages speaking than do women. Is it a question of courage or time or desire or family responsibilities or not being known or lack of degrees or lack of power or looking harder? What do you think are the reasons? How can we change this?

Women are reshaping our world. http://www.ted.com/themes/women_reshaping_the_world.html

How do we find them, invite them, support them, give them a platform to amplify their ideas, have their voices heard, and radically increase their own image of what they are capable of impacting? Where are they investing their life energy? How can we value and reward them? Do you know any who should be speaking at a TEDx? Or nominated to be a TED Fellow?


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    Nov 11 2013: Just returned from a professional meeting of science writers at which very dismal statistics regarding gender imbalances in the profession were presented. For women like myself who have been working since the late 70s- early 80s, it is depressing to see how very little far we have come. The good news is a new generation of younger journalists are very fired up about this and are making a ruckus. The meeting was the National Association of Science Writers; the panel discussion (The XX Question) was moderated by Deborah Blum. PP (by Kate Pregaman) with pie charts showing major gender imbalances on magazine mastheads, among recipients of book and magazine awards, etc., is here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0Tg4mzDYsUiYlF5OVV4V2JYVWs/edit?usp=sharing This conversation bound to be continued at next professional meeting: ScienceOnline (Feb. 2014).

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