If you run a magazine and decide to host a women's empowerment panel, maybe you should put some women on the panel

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"As a woman-owned business, women's empowerment has always been part of our mission," the magazine said in a statement on Monday night. "We believe it is helpful when everyone is part of the conversation about women's empowerment and feminism. It was never our intention to offend anyone. We have canceled the Nov. 6 panel." 
Before the magazine canceled the panel, Assemblyman Lou Greenwald said he would no longer be participating. 
"I was asked to participate on a panel for an issue I care deeply about. As a son watching my mother break the glass ceiling in politics and as a father of 2 daughters, I have a passion for the pursuit of equality," he tweeted. "In light of a full understanding of the composition of this panel, I will be withdrawing from participating and offering my seat instead to someone who can bring a more diverse and inclusive point of view to this critical issue."
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SJ Magazine, a publication dedicated to South Jersey, is being criticized for an upcoming event billed as a "women's empowerment" panel. 
The problem: The entire panel consists of men. 
The Maple Shade-based magazine is hosting the event, called "Women in Business: A man's point of view," on Nov. 6. Scheduled panelists are Sal Paolantonio, a correspondent for ESPN; Ali Houshmand, president of Rowan University; Richard P. Miller, president and CEO of the Virtua healthcare system, which runs several hospitals in South Jersey; and Lou Greenwald, D-Camden, majority leader of the state Assembly. 
After the magazine tweeted out information for the upcoming panel on Monday, withering criticism and mockery ensued. Some expressed disbelief that the organizers of the event did not see a problem with the idea. 
"This is real," tweeted Yashar Ali, a freelance reporter for the Huffington Post and New York Magazine, sharing the magazine's advertisement for the panel. His post was retweeted 1,700 times. 
Tweets posted from SJ Magazine's account defended the event. 
"This is one of 4 panels (the others are all women)," the magazine tweeted. "Men have a responsibility to step up & support women & we want to start the discussion."
The all-male panel is third in a series of panels organized by the magazine under the theme of women's empowermentMarianne Aleardi is the editor-in-chief and publisher of the magazine. 
Another all-female panel titled "Success Stories: Taking charge without wearing a suit and tie," follows on Dec. 4 with Jennifer Caudle, a family physician in Sewell and TV health expert; Terry Ricca, senior vice president and chief experience officer at Cooper University Health Care; Mary Ann Boccolini, president and CEO of Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice in Marlton; and Helaina Semmler, section chief of general radiology at South Jersey Radiology Associates. 
"No mansplaining allowed," the magazine said in another tweet. This only played into criticism of the event. 
To mansplain, of course, is to condescendingly explain something, usually to a woman. (The term was added to the Oxford online dictionary in 2014.)
"That's EXACTLY what this will be!" tweeted @nofreealliances. "You're not allowing t/men to even hear a woman's counter-perspective." 
Karen Kessler, a prominent crisis manager based in Warren, also panned the panel. 
"Because the man's point of view is so rarely voiced?" she tweeted, using hashtags including #dobetter.
"Hell, they could be the most woke dudes of their generation and this would still be wrong," tweeted @0youngbs.
SJ Magazine's website has pages dedicated to women and "girl power." Celebrities who are New Jersey natives, like Kevin Spacey, Kelly Ripa, Stephen Colbert, Jon Bon Jovi, Dule Hill, Brooke Shields and Ray Liotta, have covered the magazine, along with famous faces that have ties to the Philadelphia area.  
Here's some more Twitter reaction to the panel (from women and men):

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