The first BlueNotes debate was a feisty affair with moderator, BlueNotes managing editor, Andrew Cornell brandishing a stopwatch and airhorn to keep the impassioned debaters in check.
On the topic of who is more to blame for the lack of women in business media, men or women, the vote was clear: men.
Perhaps it was no surprise, given the majority of the 100 or so guests at the debate were women.
Although the night was the first BlueNotes debate, guests were also there to launch the new ANZ Notable Women program aimed at helping women achieve more visibility in the business community by leaning in to media and speaking events.
You can watch the debate on our YouTube channel.
Company director, entrepreneur and gender activist Carol Schwartz opened the debate with a quote from actress, feminist and co-founder of the US Women’s Media Centre, Jane Fonda: “Gender inequality is so deeply ingrained in our culture, most people don’t realise there’s a problem.”
“Therein lies the issue,” Carol said. “Newspaper editors are all men. TV and radio CEOs are all men. We are all so used to seeing, hearing and reading male journalists interviewing male business people that we all think that’s acceptable and normal.”
“It is men who have the power to decide what we hear, read and see. Therefore when it comes to the absence of women, how on earth could we blame anyone else?”