“ . This one guy mentioned that at one conference where he spoke, he received $4,000 while a female African-American speaker was offered NOTHING (cf. Its Time for Conferences to Stop Underpaying Women Speakers). So not only are women not being represented, they are being grossly underpaid.”
While this is shocking, it is not uncommon. That is indeed a sad fact. Thank you for higlighting this.
We do need to be more aggressive submitting talks. This year, I stepped out of my comfort zone and submitted an idea for a talk I thought would go nowhere and they ended up video -taping the thing and using it! ( How musicians can be technical:http://blog.skykick.com/genderandidentityintheworkplace) You never know until you try.