Must a woman lower the tone of her voice to be successful?
Researchers at a Canadian university have found that voters prefer lower-pitched voices, rating their speakers higher for attractiveness, leadership potential, honesty, intelligence and dominance. It’s the issue of dominance that is key to our voting decisions apparently.
Here’s lead researcher Cara Tigue, of McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada: “Throughout our evolutionary history, it would have been important for our ancestors to pay attention to cues to good leadership because group leaders affected a person’s ability to survive and reproduce within a group … We’re looking at it in a present-day, 21st-century context.”
So she and her team asked 125 people to listen to nine US presidents, going back to Harry Truman, to judge higher and lower pitched versions of their voices. In all cases, they voted for the deeper tones.
She refused to draw a link between this preference and the fact that there still hasn’t been a female US president – sorry, Hillary – but did add: “I really just think that it just suggests that men with lower-pitched voices may have some sort of advantage.” (via The Guardian)