For Panelists and Event Participants

As an event participant or panelist, you can encourage panels toward gender diversity with the following steps:

1. TAKE THE PLEDGE—COMMIT TO NEVER JOIN MALE-ONLY PANELS

Join the Center for Global Development’s Owen Barder, Foreign Policy’s David Rothkopf, and hundreds of foreign policy experts to pledge:

“At a public conference I won’t serve on a panel of two people or more unless there is at least one woman on the panel, not including the Chair.”

SIGN THE PLEDGE

2. QUESTION THE ORGANIZERS—ASK NOT WHETHER, BUT WHICH WOMEN WILL JOIN YOU ON THE PANEL

When you ask for information on timing, location, and topic, add to your standard list: ask clearly and early which women will also be joining the panel. The more often you ask, the more often organizers will work to include women.

3. AVOID DOUBLE-STANDARDS IN YOUR REMARKS—DON’T CALL THE WOMAN BY HER FIRST NAME IF YOU USE THE MALE’S TITLE

The audience will pick up on implicit, subtle cues that show disparity between women and male event panelists. Be aware of how you address your fellow participants and avoid distinctions, no matter your previous relationship. If you call the male panelist “Mr. Smith,” call your female colleague, “Ms. Smith,” even if you’ve known her for years.