"You don't have to act like a man to succeed in business for you will always be judged as a woman." Pat Helm
The differences between men and women are more profound than anybody previously guessed. Here is what Dr. Leonard Sax, MD, PhD says we now know for sure:
The female brain is wired differently. In women, emotion is processed in the same area of the brain that processes language. So, it's easy for most women to talk about their emotions. In men, the brain regions involved in talking are separate from the regions involved in feeling. The hardest question for many men to answer is: "Tell me how you feel."
Men and women respond to stress differently. Not just in our species, but in every mammal scientists have studied. Stress enhances learning in males. The same stress impairs learning in females.
Add hormones to the mix and you can readily see the importance of recognizing the differences between men and women, particularly when they are under stress or multi-tasking.
Recognize that ingrained behaviors can create a "gender gap." Prefacing your comments, with "I'd just like you to hear me out" or "I just need your help in thinking this through" may help.