by Roxanne Francis
Originally published: July 4, 2016
Are men still perceived as the dominant decision-makers in the boardroom? Prominent women tell us how to become assertive in the workplace
In her book How Women Decide, author Therese Huston talks about the notion that a woman’s decisions aren’t as easily accepted as those made by men and the fact that this could be holding her back from achieving greatness.
Huston, a cognitive psychologist from Seattle University explains: ‘There’s a huge double standard when it comes to how men and women are perceived as decision-makers. Men are respected as decision-makers more than women, especially in the workplace largely ‘because there’s this cultural belief that women are incapable of making smart choices at work’.”
The term “manterrupting” has been used to describe how men continuously and unnecessarily interrupt women while they are speaking (especially in a boardroom setup), as if to belittle them and hence claim authority.