Research suggests that women may become better public speakers when they see strong female role models. During a recent study, participants were asked to deliver persuasive speeches using a virtual reality program. For some participants, a picture of Hillary Clinton or Angela Merkel appeared on the virtual wall; for others, the wall was blank or featured a picture of Bill Clinton. Women rated themselves higher -- and outside observers judged their performances more favorably -- when they saw images of one of the two female leaders.
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