Women much less likely to ask questions in academic seminars than men
“Junior scholars are encountering fewer visible female role models”- Alecia Carter
Self-reported behaviour and perceptions
- Where possible, seminar organisers should avoid placing limits on the time available for questions. Alternativ, moderators should endeavour to keep each question and answer short to allow more questions to be asked.
- Moderators should prioritise a female-first question, be trained to ‘see the whole room’ and maintain as much balance as possible with respect to gender and seniority of question-askers.
- Seminar organisers are encouraged not to neglect inviting internal speakers.
- Organisers should consider providing a small break between the talk and the question period to give attendees more time to formulate a question and try it out on a colleague.