I've been to a lot of foreign policy panels in my day, and the composition of the panels tends to skew even more male-dominated than is true for other kinds of political panels. The audience, too, for such events tends to be overwhelmingly male. Right now, though, I'm at a panel where three of the four panelists -- Amira al Hussaini (left), Amanda Michel (center), and Suzanne Nossel (right) -- are women (the one dude, Ari Melber, is hidden behind the podium). It serves as a reminder of how rare it is to see a mostly-women panel unless the topic at hand is specifically "women's issues" or something similar.
And though I guess it might be a coincidence, it's striking that there seem to be a lot more women in the audience than you normally see at a foreign policy event.
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