Gender Balance in Lecture Series. A Major #fail for the Berlage, Berkeley, Yale, Cornell, Bartlett. MIT, Princeton, ETH somehow manage.
Nothing like stupid and repetitive scrutiny to reveal the ongoing sexism of our beautiful profession.
We embarked again in a tour of the Lecture Series, and because most of this forthcoming semester guest lists are not published yet, looked both at last semester gender representation ratios, and forthcoming lecture series.
The Berlage, despite its claims of being aware of gender (im) balance, fails again to provide a good ratio in its fall lecture series, with only Nathalie de Vries and Lauren Jacobi as female guests, the rest being your usual expected sausage party. (Being rude keeps me from hyper ventilating). 2/11. #fail
Even worse, the Berkeley Architecture Lecture Series is an #allmale panel- 4 lecturers, 0/4. #fail
Yale, posting its list of series, magisterially fails with a ratio of 1/8. Only Zaha Hadid is worth inviting, apparently. #fail
If one must conclude something, it is rather to tackle the repetitively heard argument that there are too few females in architecture, which justifies their underrepresentation at public events like lectures. This collection offers a pretty good proof of the fact that there are indeed many awesome female speakers, academics and practitioners in the field, and that there are no valid excuse for a poor ratio in lecturers. We will be emailing this post to the respective institutions and hope for a better 2016 for women in architecture.
A very happy 2016 to you!