“Everybody was keenly aware that it was too white and too male”

“Given how prevalent women are in the history department, you’d have to try really hard to come up with a roster of speakers that looks like that,” Priya Satia, a Stanford history professor and the head of the department’s diversity committee, said on Friday.

Some fields are notoriously male-dominated, like science and technology, she said, but history is different. “There are a healthy amount of women,” she said.