An Update on Gender Parity Trends for Invited Speakers at Four Prominent Virology Conference Series

J Virol. 2021 Mar 24;JVI.00224-21. doi: 10.1128/JVI.00224-21. Online ahead of print.


Historically, men rather than women have been selected for invited speaking positions at the four prominent virology conference series we have followed since the 1980s. However, the low ratio of female representation in most earlier years (20%, 1982-2010) has shown encouraging improvement (37%, 2011-2017), particularly over the last few years (48% from 2018-2020). We describe this promising rise in inclusion and discuss factors that may help perpetuate and extend this overdue transformation towards gender parity.