Who asks questions at astronomy meetings?

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Over the last decade, significant attention has been drawn to the gender ratio of speakers at conferences, with ongoing efforts for meetings to better reflect the gender representation in the field. We find that women are significantly under-represented, however, among the astronomers asking questions after talks.

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Figure 1: The fraction of male and female questioners and speakers at four successive AAS winter meetings.
Figure 2: The fraction of questions asked by women as a function of the minimum number of questions asked during each talk.

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Acknowledgements

This work is supported by a National Science Foundation Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowship under award AST-1501418.

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Correspondence to Sarah J. Schmidt or James R. A. Davenport.

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Schmidt, S., Davenport, J. Who asks questions at astronomy meetings?. Nat Astron 1, 0153 (2017) doi:10.1038/s41550-017-0153

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