Re: This needs to stop
There's an issue though - it isn't a level playing field in the first place. There are fewer women in the industry, and on the whole women do still get paid less. So, it is simply easier for men to go to such things than it is women.
Some of you might not like it but a level playing field does not mean everyone gets treated exactly the same. Doing that ignores the privileged position some groups are already in.
Not sure if the term gets used much any more but "affirmative action" is a valid concept.
The same can be said of BME people. There are fewer of them in the industry simply because of the decades of earlier discrimination. The industry might not be quite as bad now (undeniably it still has issues), but the only way to ensure fair coverage is to ensure people from backgrounds that aren't white and male get a bit more of a boost.