TechCrunch reported that the idea for the conference was conceived by Graham, who suggested the idea to Livingston in early December. This, coincidentally, was weeks before Graham was thrown into damage control mode over some not-so-tactful remarks he made - particularly those suggesting that it's too late to get many adult women interested in programming
Though Graham earnestly tried to clarify his statements, some think he further demonstrated a lack of understanding of the issue. For example, in a recent blog post he suggested that there are few organizations that have done more to help female founders than Y Combinator. Inc.'s Kimberly Weisul pointed out the problem with that statement.
"Graham is hugely influential and plugged in, and he wants to see more female founders running great companies. The heads of the other organizations mentioned [here]? The same. And it sounds as if they don't work together. Might not even know each other."
Perhaps the upcoming conference, which could serve as a great venue for networking, will change that. According to the blog post Graham is not scheduled to speak, but Livingston will be there along with Founder of VMware Diane Greene and Founder of Eventbrite Julia Hartz.
Women can apply to attend the conference, which will take place March 1 in Mountain View.
Correction: An earlier version of this post misstated the timeframe when Graham proposed the women founders' conference. It was in early December.
LAURA MONTINI is a reporter at Inc. She previously covered health care technology for Health 2.0 News and has served as an associate editor at The Health Care Blog. She lives in San Francisco. @lmmontini