The Paris Air Show is going on right now. In addition to just being a way to showcase planes, the event is also a conference for those in the industry, intended to discuss various topic.
This morning, the Paris Air Show shared on Twitter how an event was happening right now, dedicated to “taking action for more women in aerospace.” The Tweet continues, “let’s promote gender diversity in the aerospace industry,” and uses the hashtags #WomenInAerospace and #GenderDiversity.
What a fantastic topic to discuss! And then you see the picture of who is engaged in this important discussion…
Based on how the men are sitting and sharing one mic, while the woman is standing and has her own mic, it almost seems like the sole woman in the gender diversity panel might just be moderating the evening.
Here’s the thing — it’s one thing if this were an isolated incident in the airline industry, but it happens all the time. I simply don’t get it:
- I get how people have this idea; these older men think that they need to discuss gender diversity, so then they create a panel where they can discuss the topic with other older men, because, you know, I’m sure they think they know best; but does no one stop them and say “hey, umm, maybe a panel about gender diversity should, you know, be diverse?”
- And then to the folks running social media for the Paris Air Show, did no one think “hey, this probably isn’t a picture we should post to showcase how we’re discussing the important topic of gender diversity?