Totally recognise this (though seeking to say yes more often.. otherwise we get the same voices over and over again):
There is an epidemic among female academics. It is called “impostor syndrome” and it can affect even the most steely of professors.
It is said to take effect when a call comes through from a press office or television researcher, asking for an “expert” in the academics’ subjects.
“Their depth of knowledge may be vast but women often think: ‘There’s someone better suited than me,’” explains Donna Taberer, head of public service partnerships at the BBC Academy, a training centre with an industry-wide remit. When a man takes the call, more likely “he says yes and works it out in the taxi on the way to the studio”.