This is a great article. Reminds me of the Pink’s Song “Stupid Girl”:
What happened to the dream of a girl president?
She’s dancin’ in the video next to 50 Cent
They travel in packs of 2 or 3
With their itsy bitsy doggies and their teenie weenie tees
Where, oh where, have the smart people gone?
Oh where, oh where could they be?…
The disease is growing, it’s epidemic
I’m scared that there ain’t a cure…
The world believes it and I’m going crazy
I cannot take anymore
I’m so glad that I’ll never fit in
That will never be me
Outcasts and girls with ambition
That’s what I wanna see…
Maybe if I act like that
That guy will call me back…
Want a paparazzi girl?
I don’t wanna be a stupid girl
Pink – Stupid Girls Lyrics | MetroLyrics
This week on Newsnight, Evan Davis talked to three women about all-male panels—a subject made topical by the recent popularity of a tumblr set up to name and shame them. Why, he asked, are women so often un- or under-represented in public forums? Are they reluctant to put themselves forward? Are they deterred by the adversarial nature of the proceedings?
The women offered some alternative suggestions. Women don’t get asked, or if they do it’s assumed you only need one. Women aren’t seen as experts, unless the subject is a ‘women’s issue’. The age-old prejudice against women speaking in public means that any woman who dares to voice her opinions can expect to be deluged with abuse and threats.
But while all-male panels are obviously a problem, they’re only the tip of the iceberg. Just ensuring that women are represented on a panel does not guarantee their voices will…
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