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Talking while female

5 minutes

Do higher-pitched voices put women at a disadvantage?

Common sense tells us that we shouldn’t judge someone’s character based on the tone and timbre of their voice. Unfortunately for those with high-pitched voices, studies have shown that we do it anyway. Set to an inventive paper animation by the US designer Kelli Anderson, Talking While Female uses examples from the women who work at US National Public Radio (NPR) to explore the biology and psychology of the female voice, and the realities of being a high-talker in a low-talker’s world.

Video by NPR

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