It is sometimes hard to keep to a charter or agreement one has made without public acknowledgement and feedback. People are social animals, and we are well built to follow social contracts, but sometime private agreements are forgotten.
So it’s with a sadface :( that I write this post to publicly admit I failed to stand by the ‘Not to Speak or chair all male panels’ pledge I signed on for. To be fair, the panel was chaired by a woman (the fantastic Phoenix Wang) and it wasn’t a public event. But nonetheless, I took a pledge and dropped the ball. Mea Maxima Culpa. It was a pledge I signed without talking much about, and I completely forgot I agreed to the pledge until the day after the panel. Interestingly enough, I just took a look back at the pledge page, and I can’t read the pledger to see who else may be slipping up, or defecting. Nor did I see any suggestions on how to make up for a slip-up for pledges that forgot their pledge, or who get stuck in a rock/hard-place and must take a panel without a woman member for some extra-ordinary reason.
If anyone has any good suggestions for a proper Mea Culpa for people that don’t live up the the pledge, drop ‘em in the comments. I’ll be picking one of them, or inventing my own, to make up for failing at that pledge.