Spoiler Alert: The Post

The Post is a new movie starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, directed by Steven Spielberg. The dramatization of the collision between the Nixon Administration and the Washington Post over the Pentagon Papers has been widely hailed as a support for freedom of the press, and journalistic integrity and responsibility.

But I watched it through the eyes of a female business owner, coming off one of the more tumultuous years for women in such roles, and for women, period. I was watching Meryl Street as Katharine Graham, the owner and publisher of the Washington Post who, in 1971 was in the often awkward “only woman in the room” position.

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Dear Event Sponsor

While many conference managers are well aware of the issues with #allmalepanels, there is still one type of speaking engagement that remains stubbornly immune to diversity: the sponsored event. Many conferences and events are funded by selling speaking slots and the speakers tend to cluster around the male and pale category.  And event managers tend to feel like they cannot ask a sponsor to consider sending a different speaker.

With this in mind, we’ve assembled a helpful little note that you can share with your sponsors.

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Do You Want or Have Kids?


I’ve been watching the AMC series Halt and Catch Fire, and in Season 2: Episode 2, “New  Coke”, the two female tech founders are pitching a VC who asks if they have children or are going to have children.

“What about kids?” he asks. “Do you have or want kids?”

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A Day Without Immigrants…

…is like an orchestra without violins.
A day of protest from our country’s immigrants closed stores, day care centers, and restaurants and left many other businesses either closed or short-handed but drove home a key point – where would we be without our immigrant population? As a nation, we are dependent on our immigrant population. Diverse populations are strong.

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Women’s Conferences and Male Speakers

We need to talk.
This morning, it has come to our attention that one of our partner organizations, an organization that has a multi-year, multi-city history of organizing great conferences and events for women in tech, is being criticized because they have offered a single speaking slot to a man.


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Why Women Turn Down Speaking Invitations

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At Innovation Women, we talk to a lot of women about their speaking engagements and the speaking invitations they receive. We also work closely with event managers who report back on how their invitations are received. Many managers tell us they start with diverse panels and gender-balanced slates, only to end up with an #AllMalePanel on game day. Why?

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