Washington Post: The mysterious absence of women from Middle East policy debates

by Jared Feldman

Washington Post: The mysterious absence of women from Middle East policy debates

 

By Tamara Cofman Wittes and Marc Lynch

 

Last year, six leading Washington think tanks presented more than 150 events on the Middle East that included not a single woman speaker. Fewer than one-quarter of all the speakers at the 232 events at those think tanks recorded in our newly compiled data-set were women. How is it possible that in 2014, not a single woman could be found to speak at 65 percent of these influential and high-profile D.C. events?

Such questions are increasingly common in other fields, including the natural sciences. In our experience, organizers of all-male events reply to challenges with one of two answers: “I didn’t even notice there weren’t any women!” or “I couldn’t think of any women to invite.”

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Jared Feldman