People are often frustrated by the fact that it's usually men who are interviewed by the media or asked to present at conferences and not women.
There isn't a biological explanation for this. Men are not cleverer than women. Anyone who points out this discrepancy is usually told that there wasn't a suitable woman* available.
We are convinced that there are a lot more competent women around than just those who speak in public. Girls need female role models, women need the assurance that another view on the topic, ie theirs, is equally relevant.
Events need more diversity. The main aim of speakerinnen.org is to increase the visibility of women in the field of public speaking. With the help of our list it will be easier for organisers to find female experts to speak at their events. We also want to actively invite women to speak more often and in public about their area of expertise.
Maren Heltsche is a cofounder, the project manager and one of the developers of speakerinnen.org. She works as a software developer, loves DIY, digital media and art. As a volunteer in the nationwide Digital Media Women network and as Special Representative on Digitalisation for the Board of the National Council of German Women‘s Organizations she campaigns for greater gender equality in technology, politics, business and society.Maren on Twitter: @zaziemo
Anja is trained communication designerin and for years she was employed as photo editor at a newspaper.2012 she started with the RailsGirls to program. Since then she works on speakerinnen.org, 50Prozent Seite and Frauenstudien München. 2015 she made her hobby into a profession and works now as a programer.Anja on Twitter: @_tyranja_
Writer of profession and passion. She works as an editor and word-consultant. In her free time she loves to travel the world. The most exciting cities she brings to her blog-magazine Naest. Christiane helps with Speakerinnen questions, takes care of adminstrative and marketing tasks.Christiane Weihe
Salit is a product designer with a broad background in visual design. She joined Speakerinnen in 2018 to give a hand with the platform's navigation, and is refusing to leave since! When she is not at work she is most likely at her desk drawing something spooky.
Johanna was always a fan of Speakerinnen and in 2019 decided to join the team as a developer. She works as a software developer and in her free time enjoys bike rides and taking photographs (e.g. of lakes with sunlight breaking through the clouds :) ).Johanna on Github
Astrid is a software engineer with a focus on frontend. She joined Speakerinnen in 2020 to help develop the websites' UI. At her engineering day-job, she works in cloud computing, and spends her free time at team handball, choir practice, and occasionally chopping wood.Astrid on LinkedIn
Speakerinnen.org was created by 8 women with the support of 4 coaches as part of "Rails Girls Berlin" learning project.
The project was initiated by Anne Roth. The idea of having a database of women speakers originated during numerous discussions both online and offline about the dominance of men in the public domain. There are lots of reasons for this and speakerinnen.org isn't a solution for all of them. But it is a step towards making it easier for organisers to achieve a balanced male to female ratio at their events.
In addition we want to support women in finding the right platform. We hope they will be encouraged by the experiences of other women and see that they too have a contribution to make.
Rails Girls is an international non-profit organisation that motivates women to learn computer programming. They facilitate this through interesting workshops, study groups, grants and by creating a positive learning community. The Rubymonsters are a study group which emerged during one of the Rails Girls Berlin workshops.