Female presenter lowers her voice to ‘fit the box’

A female presenter has spoken about the change in her voice tone when on air. 

Newcastle Radio presenter, Steph Langford spoke about how she feels her voice tone on air is lower than her regular voice. 

She said she felt her voice needed to be lowered in order to not be mocked for sounding too high-pitched and ‘girly’. 

Channel 4 recently shared research from the American Psychological Association which found that some women feel they have to take a deeper tone of voice to project authority in the workplace. 

Steph said: “You make sure that you fit the box that has been created, and I didn’t even know that box was there.” 

She added: “I think that is a hard pill to swallow, when you’re being moulded into something that you didn’t even create.” 

Channel 4 shared the research as part of a #ChampioningWomensVoices campaign aimed to highlight the message that women should be heard as they are. 

Mrs Langford said: “If someone else started to break that mould, I think that female presenters all over the place, would sing hallelujah.” 

Voice coach, Susan Murphy, said: “I don’t think it’s necessarily about a low voice versus high, it’s about how you present, and it’s about being able to connect with your viewer because of your knowledge that you can give others.”