Hmmmm…. 6,500 attendees @AWS Summit and no line at the ladies room?

As the new Marketing Director at a thriving Denver tech company, I was excited to embark on my first AWS Summit.

We were headed to San Francisco - Santa Clara to be exact - the day beginning at 3 am. We were tight on time so we boarded a 6 am flight and breezed in/out the same day squeezing in a full day at the conference.

A feat in and of itself, we arrived precisely at 9 am and rushed in to attend the Keynote. But before that I noticed - quite subconsciously really - that there was no line at the ladies room. “Everyone must be at the keynote”, I thought absently.

Throughout the day, though, it was clear - m’ladies were not there in force! In fact, if I had to guess I’d say the man to woman ratio was about 30-1, and that’s being generous. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, it’s just… well, there’s something wrong with that.

The upside was I didn’t miss much content due to long lines. The downside? My lady peeps were few and far between.

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