Triggered by a series of conference listings with all-male or nearly all-male speaker lineups, Princeton neuroscientist Yael Niv roused a group of colleagues to action: UWIN Co-Director Adrienne Fairhall quickly launched a website,, which Yael and the group use to track and post speaker lists at conferences and compare with “base rates” in the field. This effort was the subject of a recent article in the New York Times, “Female Scientists Turn to Data to Fight Lack of Representation on Panels”.

Another contributor, Anne Churchland, maintains a list of women scientists – initiated while she was a postdoc at UW – to assist conference organizers to identify women speakers in different subject areas.  The list is at: