It is clear from reading this article that Ireland still has a long way to go before becoming a gender neutral society. 

As we all know gender balance and equal pay are at the forefront of most peoples minds these days. However, it is hard to see how Ireland will be able to achieve this and indeed come into line with the steps already being taken in the UK.  There is obviously a level of unconscious bias that impacts the organisation of similar events, coupled with the fact that women may also find speaking at or attending such events unappealing. This could be for a variety of reasons, but one that springs to my mind is that the audience is predominantly male.  

It seems that both thought processes need to change in order to make this imbalance a thing of the past.