Next week’s Northern Powerhouse Conference has only 13 women amongst the 98 speakers and there’s been uproar. The conference organisers are saying ‘don’t look at us, look at the organisations who we asked to put forward their experts’. Commentators are concluding that it’s either that these organisations don’t have female experts to contribute to this agenda or they’re not choosing women as their best option to speak. However, there is a third option, which is that women aren’t putting themselves forward as the expert. The reality is likely to be a combination of all three factors.