Holly Richardson: Having a seat at the table does not mean having a voice

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May 14, 2020

Holly Richardson: Having a seat at the table does not mean having a voice

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By Holly Richardson ,

“After years spent analyzing lab and real-life settings to determine what it takes for a woman to really be heard — to truly be perceived as competent and influential — these professors have found the same truth: for women, having a seat at the table does not mean having a voice.”

Those findings are summarized in an article published in BYU magazine this week. The professors who did the research are political science professors, Jessica Preece, Chris Karpowitz and economics professor Olga Stoddard. This most recent research was looking at women in a top collegiate accounting program, and builds on previous research across a number of fields: business, academia, politics, sports, church, nonprofit spaces and, yes, even the home.

The article’s findings clearly resonate. Stoddard tweeted this week that “This project has been one of my favorites, partly because every time I have presented it, pretty much every woman in the room is non-stop nodding.”

Click here to read the full article published by The Salt Lake City on 1 May 2020.

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