Being a father of a daughter, I am very aware of this. I forget who, but recently a prominent CEO mentioned that as young kids girls are called "bossy" while boys are "assertive." -screw that. This said, there are concrete differences in the genders. Studies show that on average women are more verbose than men. Could it be that sometimes women are interrupted as a result of this? -I'm playing with fire here and, yes I'm sort of playing DA lil.
I routinely find myself in mixed-gender environments (life) where men interrupt me. Now that I’ve decided to try and keep track, just out of curiosity, it’s quite amazing how often it happens. It’s particularly pronounced when other men are around. -I tend to interrupt people when in a business setting. This is not gender specific though and I'd guess that mk, b_b, forwardslash and insomniasexx can attest to this. -I'm working on it :) that said, if you were to do a word count of our Hubski meetings based on gender, my guess is it would hold true to the "women = more verbose" theory ;)
Without interruption sometimes business/work meetings can go nowhere. Someone needs to "steer a conversation" -which is a nice way of saying "strategically interrupt." Often, people talk about things tangential to the project at hand while never getting to the work at hand. I have less and less time in my life and therefore, less patience for such things.