People interrupt whenever they feel entitled to do so because of their higher status. This means that in any setting, men will typically speak up and speak first while women will typically defer to them.”

For decades now, women have been “interrupted by men in professional settings,” says Carly Sitrin, whether “it’s Kanye West cutting off Taylor Swift at the MTV Video Music Awards or an executive halted midsentence by her peer in a corporate meeting.”

In fact, “men are more likely to block women from talking entirely” or to correct them unless women adapt and/or predict the likely interruptions. In this way, a woman can learn to keep on talking and prevail even when her work or debate partner doesn’t have the courtesy to shut up and listen.

Read more at The Boston Globe

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