2010 was BlogWorld’s Year of the Woman. We worked hard to make sure we had the best possible content for our conference and almost 50% of our speakers were women. You see, though our most important goal was to ensure you had the best educational experience possible, we were also under pressure to make sure women were being heard. Even without a goal of 50% we managed to have almost that many women speaking. That we had so many amazing woman speakers must mean there are more strong, influential women in social media than ever.
We’re so proud.
Before BlogWorld ’10 we heard from women who were afraid BlogWorld wasn’t a very “woman friendly” event. We took issue to this. We’re very “woman friendly.” In fact, almost everyone working for BlogWorld are women.
The problem was that many women weren’t choosing to attend. Some, with limited budgets to only choose one or two conferences a year, were going to BlogHer a very woman friendly event, or SXSW a bigger event. However, it seemed to me for a while that if there were fewer woman coming to BlogWorld it was because there were fewer women in social media.
Still, we work hard to make sure women know they’re wanted and welcome at BlogWorld.
2010 showed amazing growth for our event. Not only did more people come, but many more women were in attendance. In 2009, 35% of our attendees were women. In 2010, women made up 41% of those in attendance. Obviously there are still fewer women than men, but you can’t deny we’re closing the gap.
Again, our goal is to bring together folks from the blogging and social media communities regardless of gender, race, creed or preference. That we have such a diverse group of attendees shows us that we accomplished what we set out for. BlogWorld ’10 had more women than ever.
Let’s see if we can’t reach 50% at BlogWorld ’11!
Image via John Hewitt