Gender imbalance not conferences' fault

Frontend developer Frances Berriman has written a hard-hitting response to the latest industry spat about a lack of diversity in web conference line-ups. In Conferences aren't the problem, Berriman argues that such events are "just showing the symptoms of a severe lack of diversity, generally, throughout the industry", and that more effort should instead be made to "get more [into the industry], in the first place" rather than expecting the "numbers of speakers of minority groups to go up suddenly overnight".

Speaking to .net, Berriman said she's getting bored with "various outbreaks of finger pointing at conferences", and thinks assigning such blame is unfair "considering there simply are, relatively speaking, very few women within our industry – particularly in development circles – who are also at the level to be able to provide a relevant, expert opinion and then also have the relevant speaking experience, or even the desire to speak at all".

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