Why I’m boycotting events with no female speakers: #SayNoToManels

It’s 2018, and despite all the momentum of #MeToo and #TimesUp, women are still struggling to be heard.

I’ve noticed a rash of “manels” (all-male panels) lately, at retail & e-commerce events I’ve attended and upcoming events I’ve been invited to.

  1. If you’re invited to an event that doesn’t give women a voice: RSVP no (and tell the organisers why you’re not going).
  2. If you’re a man, and you’re invited to be on a panel: ask how many women are on it. No women? Say no — or give up your seat to a female colleague.
  3. Panel moderators: refuse to moderate a manel.

Let’s get this done.



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