While I was excited to see the photo spread celebrating the successful return of the Evening of Jewish Renaissance, I was troubled by the gender imbalance depicted. The two-page collection of teachers and speakers in action highlighted almost exclusively male presenters, including an all-male panel (see Advancing Women Professionals and the Jewish Community’s Men as Allies pledge: advancingwomen.org/pages/mobilize/men-as-allies).
I know that the photo selections were not descriptive of the event, but I fear they could be unintentionally prescriptive for future community learning. Do girls and women in our community see role models here that would inspire them to share the full range of their talents and learning? If not, then we will deprive ourselves of their wisdom and creativity. Just as our organizations should consider panel and presenter choices through a gender lens to ensure a variety of voices and perspectives, our community record of the event should strive to reflect that diversity as well.
Editor’s note: The Voice strives to use a variety of the best-quality photos from events, including those of presenters and attendees.