Speaker Gender Divide in South Wales Tech Meetups 2018

2018 Prisma PieAround this time last year, I published an analysis of the speaker gender divide of all the South Wales tech/digital meetups I could find in 2017.

Now that we’re well and truly in 2019, I was able to do the same for all of 2018’s events.*

The short version…

The good news: the divide has improved! 😃

The bad news: it’s only slight. 😫

Below I’ll explain how the analysis was carried out and what was involved…

The data

Similar to last time, I looked at 100 events run by 27 different meetup organisations during 2018. Topics were varied, ranging from software development, IoT (the Internet of Things) and cyber security, all the way to tech startups, SEO and UX.

The result: out of the 191 speakers who spoke at those events last year, only 35 were women, compared to 156 male speakers. That’s 18% vs. 82%.

This is an improvement compared to 2017, which saw a ratio of 16% and 84%, but… it’s not much of an improvement, admittedly.
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Speaker Gender Divide in South Wales Tech Meetups 2017

Lack of women speakers at events is an important topic at the moment – not just in Cardiff/South Wales but worldwide. Recently I had the idea to look at the speaker gender divide of all the tech/digital meetups in South Wales that I could find which took place in 2017. Thankfully, with many of them hosting their meetups on sites like Meetup.com or Eventbrite, which don’t remove the info of past events, I was able to dig through their event archives and get a good idea of how the events’ speakers were advertised.

The data

2017 Prisma PieAltogether I looked at 136 events run by 22 different meetup organisations during 2017. Topics ranged from software development, cyber security and agile, all the way through to tech startups, blogging and SEO.

My goal here isn’t to point fingers or name and shame individual organisations. Therefore I’ll be keeping the names anonymous (sorry). The goal is to look at the wider industry/scene as a whole.

The result: out of the 173 speakers who spoke at those events last year, only 28 were women, compared to 145 male speakers. That’s 16% vs. 84%. Ouch… 😔
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