The Odds That a Panel Would 'Randomly' Be All Men Are Astronomical
Masha Yudin stashed this in Diversity
Gender equality is still not here: "If conference speakers were being chosen by a system that treated gender fairly (which is to say, gender was never a factor at all), then in any conference with over 10 speakers, say, it would be extremely rare to have no female speakers at all—less than 5 percent chance, depending on one’s assumption about the percentage of women in mathematics as a whole.
Turning that statement around, we conclude that any such conference without any female speakers must have come into being in a system that does not treat gender fairly."
I believe that. It's why conference organizers need to be thoughtful.
Looks like they try to be thoughtful, but their thoughts are not going in the right direction :)
Well then they need to fix that! Direction is very important.