Although code4lib doesn't typically do panels, I thought this might be of interest:
"A Simple Suggestion to Help Phase Out All-Male Panels at Tech Conferences"
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of
> Ross Singer
> Sent: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 9:02 AM
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> Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] Diversity of presenters (was bibliotechy's fat
> 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
> > feel like they can and should speak / propose sessions?