Athena Swan

Athena Swan promotes and supports the careers of women in Science, Engineering and Technology (STEM), and aims to address gender inequalities and imbalance in these disciplines and, in particular, the under-representation of women in senior roles.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

In the news - Subtle Sexism, Mansplaining and Manterruptions No Longer Tolerated

Studies have shown what women have been saying for some time: sexism is often hidden, and multiple high profile gaffes have illustrated this point. Men interrupting women, policing the language and tone of women and condescendingly explaining things to women, as opposed to explicitly abusing women through slurs and harassing acts, are increasingly well documented in the media.
An often-overlooked form of sexism is the rate at which men interrupt women during verbal communications. Colloquially termed “manterrupting”, research on 20 men and 20 women under experimental conditions at George Washington University found that “when speaking with a female, participants interrupted more and used more dependent clauses than when speaking with a male.”
Google Chairman Eric Schmidt repeatedly interrupting his panel colleague, the United States’ Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith, provided a lesson in this phenomenon to the SXSW audience and the global media. He was even called out for it during the panel, embarrassingly by his own company’s Global Diversity and Talent Programs manager, Judith Williams.

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