In certain fields, women dread presenting seminars because of the aggressive questioning they experience. This type of questioning goes well beyond questions that arise from intellectual curiosity about a topic. Patronizing and hostile questioning is a type of harassment. This New York Times article describes a study published in the National Bureau of Economic Research illustrating that women and minorities giving seminars at conferences often experience a form of biased questioning that can harm their career progress and stifle the diversity of ideas found in the field.
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