CMS Expo – Babe in the Big City (or, babe in a sea of dev dudes)
I had an interesting exchange with fellow content strategist and CMS Expo veteran, David Skarjune (@skarjune), on the way up to the post-lunch sessions: As I mentioned my upcoming Confab cameo, he pointed out that I will probably be in much more familiar company there. As in, 2:1 ratio of females to men, as opposed to the obviously imbalanced attendance here at CMS Expo.
This is not a new feeling. I’ve noticed similar gender discrepancies at user group meet ups and conferences of other CMS in Boston. Perhaps I brushed it off as yet another incongruence of New England’s tech scene. But alas, here I am in the Midwest, and still surrounded by dev dudes.
This is not to bash the men. They clearly know what they are talking about. But wouldn’t it be brilliant to see ladies like Kristina Halvorson (@halvorson) and Emma Jane Hogbin (@emmajanedotnet) and Liz Strauss (@lizstrauss) on the agenda for something more than the blatant marketing angle it provides?
As a newbie to the content strategy space, I hope to see conferences open up the scope of speaker recruitment beyond the sponsor Rolodexes, and truly acknowledge the spectrum of knowledge the ladies have to offer.