Louise's Feminist Musings

Notes on feminist news & issues

Seeing Picture of Hillary Clinton Makes Women Better Speakers

 

This is why it is important to have female role models and to make them visible often. http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-04/seeing-hillary-clintons-face-improves-womens-public-speaking

I spoke in another post about those awful presentations in science and philosophy that include a parade of wise men and how that makes women feel excluded. So, here’s another piece of evidence of the same effect.

You know how after a talk come the questions? There is usually a lot of pressure to ask a ‘good’ question. If you do you score high points with all scientists in the room (usually some top dogs and your adviser). Women are usually very, very, very quiet…..here’s a reason why that might be and how it can be helped. Another way to help women speak up and ask questions is to not shoot them down immediately, which is what very often happens. What also very often happens is that women receive blank stares and questione-marked-faces from the speaker, as if they have said something very weird. As if they came from Venus, the speaker from Mars, and now he doesn’t understand them.

 

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Information

This entry was posted on July 1, 2013 by in Uncategorized.
%d bloggers like this: