#AWP16 Panelist Demographics
August 18, 2015
In response to inquiries about the composition of panelists on accepted events, we would like to report for the 2016 conference in Los Angeles that 55% of the panelists self-identify as female; 27% self-identify as male; transgender, agender, androgynous, bigender, cisgender, genderfluid, or a gender not identified here each account for less than 1% of self-identifying panelists; and 15% chose not to respond. These numbers are in line with numbers we have made public for previous conferences, and are reflected in the 2016 accepted events as well as in the lists of accepted events available on our website that go back several years.
Over the next couple of months, we expect these numbers to change some, since hundreds of changes will be made to accepted panelists as we make sure participants are not overcommitted, people step down from events, and replacements are made. The finalized schedule released in October will contain updated information.
AWP does not collect information pertaining to each panelist's ethnicity or race. There are ongoing discussions about collecting additional demographic information about panelists for the future.