This happens to me more than I’d like. Despite everything, people interrupt me during conversations and talk over me during meetings. Not all the time, but enough to get on my nerves. They don’t mean to act that way. But when they look at me, their first instinct is to ask where my parents are — not my thoughts on …
Yes, they DO mean to act that way. When people interrupt you and talk over you, it’s a pecking order thing. They simply see their opinion as more valuable than anything you might be saying.
It happens to young women in any kind of leadership/management position, ALL the time. Generally the interrupters are either a) male or b) older than you.
I’ve found a trick that works. When interrupter Mcgee finishes talking, say “I will start over, because Fred/Wilma interrupted” — and start over. Do that every time someone interrupts or talks over you. They’ll learn not to do that real quick.
When you let them get away with it, though it seems more peaceful, it’s just enforcing their idea that gender/age actually matter. They don’t. Great leaders/managers/teachers come in all ages and genders.