Hello, everyone! I'm Johanna Franklin, an assistant professor in the math department at Hofstra University. Thank you, Valeria, for inviting me to write a guest post.
I've put together a fairly complete spreadsheet of people who have been invited to speak at three of the four varieties of ASL meetings: the Annual Meetings, the AMS/ASL meetings, and the APA/ASL meetings. This spreadsheet contains the name, sex, and role of every invited speaker for
- the Annual Meetings back to 1989 and
- the AMS/ASL meetings back to 1988 with the exceptions of 1989, 1991, 1992, and 1994.
It's difficult to tell what data I'm missing for the APA/ASL meetings, since the timing of these meetings has historically not been as consistent: it seems like there were both winter and spring meetings in some years but not others, and I don't know which years were which.
My next post will be a more detailed analysis of the data I have, but here are some basic statistics for the plenaries given at the Annual Meetings and AMS/ASL meetings.
- Out of 268 plenaries in 28 years, 238 (89%) were given by men and 30 (11%) by women.
- The smallest number of male speakers was 3 (in 2016, the only time the ratio has ever been 1:1); the largest was 13 (in 1997, when there were no plenaries by women).
- The smallest number of female speakers was 0 (in 9 different years and as recently as 2003); the largest was 3 (which has happened twice: 2016 and 2009).
So the highest number of plenaries given by women in a year matches the lowest number given by men.
- Out of 180 plenaries in 25 years, 155 (86%) were given by men and 25 (14%) by women.
- The smallest number of male speakers was 3 (in 1990, when there were only 3 plenaries!); the largest was 12 (in 2000, when there were no plenaries by women).
- The smallest number of female speakers was 0 (in 11 different years and as recently as 2013); the largest was 3 (which has happened once: in 2012, when the most even male:female ratio was achieved).
Once again, the highest number of plenaries given by women in a year matches the lowest number given by men.
Please help me fill in the missing information and let me know what kind of statistical analysis you'd like to see!