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The first time Gina Glantz used social media to call attention to the lack of female representation on a conference panel, she was “rebuked,” recalls Glantz, the founder of the nonprofit initiative GenderAvenger.
In response, she fired off a Facebook post, pointing out that the institute had overlooked and excluded highly qualified women from the panel. After a power outage forced the panel to be postponed, Glantz wrote another post, attributing the turn of events to divine retribution. When her widely circulated posts got the attention of influential people, Glantz was called on the carpet for her critique. That didn’t faze her, Glantz said, but the experience did sensitize her to how wherever she looked, men dominated the public dialogue — and that there was a price for speaking up.