WTCA: Leaning In - The Risks and Challenges For Women Speakers and Mentors
While there are many cases of gender bias throughout the tennis industry, one of the most common problems occurs at conferences across the globe. Despite the progress women in the sport have made over the last few decades, tennis conference speaker lineups continuously feature a highly disproportionate male-to-female ratio.
The question is what do those “numbers” mean? Is the problem of few women speakers because of a lack interest, lack of qualifications, or something else? When questioned, conference organizers often respond with ‘We don’t know of any female speakers,’ or ‘There are no women willing and qualified to speak on this topic.’
To get to the bottom of this question, we interviewed Tom Newkirk.