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Speaking out about gender imbalance in invited speakers improves diversity

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Omissions of qualified women scientists from major meeting programs continue to occur despite a surge in articles indicating persistent gender-discriminatory practices in hiring and promotion, and calls for gender balance in conference organizing committees.

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Figure 1: Quantification of high-impact publications among men and women invited to speak at a conference with substantial gender imbalance, and among a cohort of women neuroimmunologists who were not chosen as invited speakers.
Figure 2: Gender balance in speakers directly relates to gender balance in organizers.

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Klein, R., Voskuhl, R., Segal, B. et al. Speaking out about gender imbalance in invited speakers improves diversity. Nat Immunol 18, 475–478 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1038/ni.3707

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