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Women ask fewer questions than men in academic seminars

Carter, Alecia (2018) Women ask fewer questions than men in academic seminars. Impact of Social Sciences Blog (17 Jan 2018). Website.

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During academic seminars, any given question is 2.5 times more likely to be asked by a male than a female audience member. Alecia Carter reports on this research, which suggests that internalised gender stereotypes are at least partly responsible for the observed imbalance, both in men's participation and women's lack of it. The findings are important as having models one can identify with is key to how people perceive their possibility for success in any given career, and are particularly relevant in the context of the wider issue of the attrition of women in academia. While there is no easy fix, the data suggests that ensuring the first question is asked by a woman and having longer time for questions could ameliorate the imbalance.

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Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2018 14:27
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 06:04

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