In 2015, it was the chosen venue for one of the main events in her field the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA). But she and other women involved in organizing it felt that the city, famed for its strip clubs, was unsuitable. Among the first achievements of the organizing committee which that year was all-female was moving the conference to Seattle in Washington. The committee had even bigger ambitions for the male-skewed meeting. Often, people say there arent any women speaking because there arent any out there, so we thought, Lets show them a tonne of women and that might change things, she says.