I'm not going to spend this (short) post talking about why having a diversity policy for your conference/workshop/school is important (Jenny Martin has written an excellent post about this) but I want to urge you all to take positive action:
- Make a list of women speakers in your field.
- Keep it, and add to it.
I guarantee it will be useful, to yourself - to your colleagues - or even to pass it on to a conference organiser that may have been remiss in not knowing about them. A number of communities are setting up webpages for such lists - for instance the 'Women under High-Pressure'.
Posted by Helen Maynard-Casely - Chair of the Women in Physics group