Thank you all for your advice,

This has given me some ideas about how to better ask in the future. Actually, I see from asking here, that __asking__ for help is one very good way to get.


Max Klein

On Wed, Apr 2, 2014 at 5:36 PM, Sarah Stierch <> wrote:
+infinity Sam

Thanks for your efforts! It's a great representation of the "ally" mentality!


On Wed, Apr 2, 2014 at 5:33 PM, Samuel Klein <> wrote:

Hi Max, this is surprising to hear!  In my experience, "Librarians and OA repository managers", at least in the US and commonwealth countries, are majority female.  Any one of them would fit nicely on such a panel.  Have you tried asking for candidates at lib-tech events?

I recommend noting in your proposal that you are looking for an additional or alternate panelist, if you are indeed doing so; you have some time before finalizing the roster.

A tangent: I ask who will be on panels with me and decline requests to be on all-male panels (also suggesting women to invite where I can).  This is one way for men to help session organizers improve their search-space for speakers.  


On Apr 2, 2014 6:40 PM, "Maximilian Klein" <> wrote:
Hello Gender Gap,

With some collaborators, I submitted this panel for Wikimania 2014 "Reform of citation structure for all Wikimedia project" [1]. Despite my best efforts (and continuing efforts), I couldn't find any non-men to be on the panel. I asked each of the potential panelists if they knew any other qualified speakers (not specifically women, just other people), asked my old colleagues, put a call out on social media. But it just ended up being all-men.

Is it desirable to write something to the effect of "we are cognizant this is an all-male panel, and would like to change the underlying factors" as a preamble to the submissions? And if so, what is the right way?


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