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In an observational study published in EMJ, Carley et al1 asked “Are there too few women presenting at emergency medicine conferences?” The authors analysed the apparent gender of speakers at eight major emergency medicine (EM) conferences from 2014 to 2015. They found that women presenters gave 29.9% of the talks occupying 27.6% of the total speaking time.
The group then compared these percentages to the mean percentage of the EM workforce that is female (26.2%) and concluded that the percentage of women speaking is likely representative of the gender distribution in EM, not necessarily gender bias in speaker selection.
The authors do not describe their means of identifying the women in the …
Contributors DK conceived the response and the FemInEM speakers bureau. Both authors contributed substantially to the revision of the manuscript. DK takes responsibility for the manuscript as a whole.
Competing interests None declared.
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