I'm more concerned about the latter ratio than the former (although we could probably question the demographics of the electorate, I think the process is about as open and fair and democratic as we can really hope for). The low percentage of female proposers is really the reason why there are so few female presenters. Add to it that 75% of them are recidivist presenters (which is, honestly, a problem that spans all Code4lib demographics), this doesn't do much to embiggen the tent.
I would be interested to see the gender breakdown in the CfP for comparable conferences (LITA National, Access) and if Code4lib's numbers are noticeably lower, meeting with those groups to determine why.
On Nov 27, 2012, at 9:11 AM, Chad Nelson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Ooops. Hit the wrong key.
> So, about our presenters...
> Is it a problem that only 4 of our 33 presenters are women? Or that only 16
> of 95 proposers were women?
> Is there something this community needs to do to encourage more women to
> feel like they can and should speak / propose sessions?