Siva asks why more women aren't featured at debates like this one, especially when there are outstanding female intellectual property scholars like
Rosemarie Rosemary Coombe, Pam Samuelson, Jessica Litman, Julie Cohen, Ann Bartow, Sonia Katyal, Susan Crawford, Beth Simone Noveck, and Rebecca Tushnet.
Or, for that matter, Peggy Radin, Wendy Gordon, Maureen O'Rourke, Stacey Dogan, Jen Chandler, Jane Bailey, Elizabeth Judge, Deb Tussey, Cynthia Ho, Ruth Okediji, Funmi Orewa, and Jacqui Lipton.
Not to mention activists like Jenny Toomey, Wendy Seltzer, and Carrie McLaren, and the technology-focused women listed at Misbehaving.
Of course, the list could go on and on. Writes Siva:
So here is a suggestion for anyone putting together a big symposium on information politics, cultural policy, copyright, or media law for the fall: Dig a bit deeper in the scholarly literature. Judge people by the work they do and the ideas they contribute to the discussion rather than simply the number of Google hits or quotes in The New York Times. Such measures are self-fulfilling and ultimately stagnating. If that means passing me over for someone who is not quite as famous but does better work (and that list is long), go for it. You will not be disappointed.
Kudos to Siva for his efforts at lifting these extraordinary thinkers and doers out of the footnotes and onto the stage. Perhaps the other "famous dudes" who share the circuit will do the same.