The lack gender diversity in conversations about professional fields is so clear that we, as a culture, need literalonline directories of women in professional fields. From corporate panels to congressional hearings, it’s often hard to find a female face in the room — even though, as these directories demonstrate, it's not because of a lack of women in these fields. Consider this proof that there is no excuse for not having female representation pretty much... well, ever.
In a recent Bloomberg article, author Kara Alaimo wrote about the widespread lack of female representation on professional panels. Alaimo mentions a recent Goldman-Sachs conference were only five out of the 76 speakers were women. She also calls out the 2016 Davos event which got attention for having a panel about helping women thrive at work that featured all men.
Getting more women involved in professional fields where they are underrepresented (from politics to science) entails giving women who are already doing the work a seat at the table. You need to show young women what they can aspire to be by showcasing women who are currently paving the way. From women who farm to women who are funny, there are female voices in every professional field. We just need to listen. Here are a few online directories featuring women professionals, so we can all stop making excuses about not having enough female representation.