Female Speakers Underrepresented at Professional Gatherings

​The nominations for the Oscars’ best-director category, released Monday, did not include any women, omitting potential contenders such as Greta Gerwig for “Little Women.”

Gender diversity at other professional work events has not fared much better. The representation of women as speakers and panelists at conferences and summits is low across most industries and types of gatherings, according to an analysis of more than 60,000 event speakers from 2013 to 2018.

In fact, the percentage of female speakers declined from 33 percent to 32 percent between 2017 and 2018, according to Bizzabo, a New York City-based provider of event software.

The findings are based on speakers at thousands of the world’s largest professional events across 58 countries and…

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