Anil Dash suggests a hypothetical web conference with 18 speakers, all women. It’s a good line-up that would make for a terrific conference. But, it would also make for a far different conference theme than any of the criticized conferences in Kottke’s list.
I have to side with Eric Meyer. Find interesting people. Work a little harder to find interesting women who can bring fresh voices and perspectives, but in the end, tell your story, whatever it is. The most interesting people in a field may be female, male, black, white, asian, gay, straight…it doesn’t matter. Just find the most brilliant and interesting ones related to the area you’re exploring, put them on stage, and let them shine.