Women speaker Wednesdays on SlideShare

Ever so often the topic comes up of women speaker at conferences. All of us notice the small number of women (especially speakers) at tech conferences. I hear such discussions, but so far have been a silent observer. This time, I felt like I had to do something.

And its not just at tech conferences, I was just at a venture conference in New York, and the proportion of women (even women attendees) was even smaller than at tech conferences.

We feature presentations on the SlideShare homepage everyday. It drives a fair bit of traffic and conversation. From now on, every Wednesday, we will make it a special point of featuring women speakers. So if you are a woman who speaks at conferences (or want to speak at conferences), please upload your presentations to SlideShare and tag them “womanspeaker“. We will look here when we feature presentations on Wednesday.

Also, please complete your profile so we can see who you are. Tagging your presentation does not guarantee you will be on SlideShare homepage, we will look at everything with the tag and make an editorial judgment. But this tag will help identify women speakers for everyone (especially conference organizers) and I am personally (and publicly) committed to highlighting it in every way I can.

Please pass this on to your friends and colleagues. Ask them to tag themselves “womanspeaker”.

Are you going to be at the Girk Geek dinner?

The first Bay Area girl geek dinner is shaping up to be awesome. Angie Chang the organizer has done an awesome job in pulling it together, and I hope its the beginning of many such events.

I love the fact that the event is open to women and their male guests. Men need to be invited by a woman :->. Angie tells me that the event is now closed (was full several times over, they had to move to a larger venue).

I will be speaking on a panel along with Katherine Barr, Leah Culver, Irene Au, and Sumaya Kazi.

If you are going to be at the dinner, then do come by and say Hi. And drop a line in the comments here.

Ads, low-fat yogurt, ads and women’s bodies

There I got your attention, didn’t I? A post about a yogurt ad campaign on a friend’s blog caught my eye: Its almost an anti Dove’s real beauty campaign – the message being “forget it, men’s preferences will never change. So eat light yogurt”. Advertising campaign is from a Brazilian yogurt company. Interesting discussion follows. (yes, I did find some of the women in the advertising campaign very beautiful).

[via Ana].

Going to BlogHer!

Initially skeptical, I am now totally caught up in the excitement of going to BlogHer. Its a conference about blogging and women, but I don’t quite know what to expect. Will there be discussions about why women are not more visible in technology? Or why statistics show that women are leaving technology? To be honest, the specific sessions are not that important to me. Whats great is that BlogHer is happening, and so many women are excited to be meeting there, and thinking about quintessential women’s issues such as what to wear to the conference!

And yes, I will be blogging from BlogHer. Tomorrow night is the first event – the Pre-conference dinner.