Ranzen suggested some women felt uncomfortable with aggressive interviewers, adding: "I've been Paxman-ed I don't know whether you've been Paxman-ed. But he called me a clapped-out television presenter when I was trying to be an MP for Luton South. What I should have said to him is that isn’t the kind of conversation civilised people have."
The answer, according to the all-female panel, was not quotas but organisers stopping being "lazy".
"I think people have to interrogate - much more carefully - what their own motivation is," Williams said. "People who are booking have to say 'hang on a second, why is it that I don't think there's any female authority on this? Why is it that I assume if I'm looking for an economist, I'm looking for a man. Why is it that I assume David Starkey knows everything about politics whereas a female economist only knows about history. Why am I making these assumptions?'"