There was a Women in Theory Workshop at Princeton From June 19-23. ***SORELLE***, who was there, has some intelligent and interesting things to say about it here.. I will, instead, offer up a question.
I was at a Ramsey Theory Workshop in Italy and it was noted that of the 27 people there, none were women. Is there a shortage of Women in Ramsey Theory? Is this a problem? I suspect there is a shortage, however Ramsey Theory is too small an area to worry about it. Hence I doubt there will ever be a Women in Ramsey Theory Workshop.
Should there be a African-Americans in Theory Workshop? There are so few that it would end up being a bunch of non-African-Americans discussing why there so few African-Americans in Theory. To have a workshop analogous to the Women in Theory Workshop you need a larger critical mass. How many African-Americans are in Theory? What if I drop the requirement they must be American? I honestly don't know but I suspect its not that many. (If I am wrong then please let me know in the comments.)
Let A be an area (e.g, Recursive Algebraic Topology) and P be a subset of people (e.g., Left handed Latina Lesbians). When does a on P in A Workshop make sense? If A is too small then it would not make sense. If there are very few P's in A then there really can't be a such a workshop unless its mostly non-P's discussing why there are so few P's in A. If P is too big then there may not be a need for such a workshop; however, there may still be if there are issues facing P's that are not facing non-P's.
- There have been African Americans in Mathematics Workshop. Here A is big enough and P is above critical mass.
- According to this 24% of all lawyers are female and 44% of all law students are female. There may still be a need for workshops for female lawyers as they may face issues that male lawyers do not. Here was one: A Transformational Workshop for Women Lawyers.
- Male Nurses are few in number, but there are some and I suspect they have problems that women nurses do not have. I do not know if they have workshops, but they do have their own magazine here.
Most conferences hope that they will last a long time (e.g., We just had the 25th CCC. I hope there is a 50th). I suspect that the participants in the Women in Theory Workshop hope that these workshops are eventually not needed.