Why do women ask fewer questions in public?

Why do women ask fewer questions in public?

  • author, Claudia Hammond
  • scroll, BBC Future

Throughout my years in the profession, I have presented dozens of radio shows and facilitated hundreds of live public events.

The question and answer session is an important part of these events. So, I always try to make everyone feel comfortable asking any questions they want.

But no matter how much I try to relax people, when hands go up, there are always more men than women coming forward to ask questions. The first hands to rise are often male.

Of course, women may have fewer questions to ask, which is legitimate. But countless times, in line for the women’s bathroom after the event, women in the audience came up to ask me the question they wanted to ask, but not in public. These are always excellent questions.

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