My daughter deserves better than 19%

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  1. I love this. As someone who has fought for justice in other arenas, I’ve found that it’s almost impossible to change something from the outside, looking in. That’s why I feel like Leadership Network (for example) is only going to show us some diversity with their 9s conference when the speakers they invite challenge them on their lack of diversity. Speakers don’t have to say yes. They can say, “Call me when your lineup is more diverse.” Maybe it’s the pragmatist in me. I love some of those who spoke at the 9s. I really, truly do. But to me *they* are the ones with the power to change the situation. Leadership Network wanted them and therefor they have the ear of Lead Net. If I were mapping out a strategy to getting more women and people of color and diversity there next year it would be by convincing the white male sought-after speakers to put their feet down. I firmly believe that people of privilege have to step aside sometimes–or at least be willing to threaten to step aside–to make room at the table. I’d love to see dozens of them band together and do that next year, but I am a hopeless dreamer.

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    1. That’s a good point. To use another illustration, if only 4% of Fortune 500 CEOs are female, and there are only so many Fortune 500 CEO positions available (perhaps…500?), then in order for their to be a more equitable balance, some of us privileged white males are going to have to step aside to make room there as well. There are some places where it’s “the more, the merrier.” But you can only have so many CEOs. You can only have so many conference speakers. Somebody is going to have to realize that they’ve had their day in the sun and now it’s time to give someone else a turn… preferably someone who’s been denied their turn far too long…

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  2. Thanks for writing about this. I attended the Nines online and followed the debate on Twitter — honestly before I even hopped on Twitter, after seeing just a couple of videos, my first thought was “what, so this is just going to be a bunch of white males running churches? zzzzzz….” and then I saw Rachel’s tweet and subsequent tweets from everyone (including me) and realized I wasn’t the only one noticing the obvious. 🙂

    Kinda sad, kinda mad about this. Wondering what, if anything, I should do. Maybe if there’s enough noise, LeadNet will actually start to do something about it.

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