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A scientific conference invited only women on stage. Then came the backlash

The idea was simple: What if the conference organizers only invited women on stage? The reaction was complicated.

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SAN FRANCISCO — The organizers wanted to do something different with their new meeting, as a corrective to what frustrated them about the usual scientific gatherings. And then one of

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