Achieving speaker gender equity at the american society for microbiology general meeting

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Abstract

In 2015, the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) General Meeting essentially achieved gender equity, with 48.5% of the oral presentations being given by women. The mechanisms associated with increased female participation were (i) making the Program Committee aware of gender statistics, (ii) increasing female representation among session convener teams, and (iii) direct instruction to try to avoid all-male sessions. The experience with the ASM General Meeting shows that it is possible to increase the participation of female speakers in a relatively short time and suggests concrete steps that may be taken to achieve this at other meetings. IMPORTANCE Public speaking is very important for academic advancement in science. Historically women have been underrepresented as speakers in many scientific meetings. This article describes concrete steps that were associated with achieving gender equity at a major meeting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere01146-15
JournalmBio
Volume6
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 14 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Virology

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