A recent study conducted at Brigham Young University and Princeton has revealed that significant gender inequality still exists for women when debating issues in mixed-gender settings. According to new research, when compared to men, women are less inclined to speak and share their opinions when they’re outnumbered. Given the importance of speech as a means for self-actualization and group decision making, the study shows there’s still much work to be done to ensure equal representation at any kind of bargaining table.

And what’s most striking (if not disturbing) about the study is the degree to which women choose to silence themselves in such settings (whether it be consciously or unconsciously). The research, which appeared in American Political Science Review and was led by Chris Karpowitz and Tali Mendelberg, revealed that women speak 25% less than men when they’re outnumbered — and as much as 35% less in particular cases.

The research indicates that women, in any number of settings requiring deliberation, are not necessarily being heard — even if they’re present.

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Do women speak less when when there are more men around?