In this patriarchal world of ours, women need to work twice as hard to get the same respect that men are automatically given. We make 78 cents for every dollar a man makes for the same exact job. Women are sometimes seen as inferior and this needs to change!
If a woman has a heated exchange in the office, she is seen as being "too emotional" and unstable, whereas a man could be incredibly aggressive and be praised for assertiveness. This is unfair, and it all starts with one habit that women have that make us seem incapable in comparison to a man for the job. We apologize TOO much.
Saying "sorry" is a natural tendency for women and needs to be eradicated in the workplace. Every time we interrupt someone, decide to interject our opinions, or speak up, even if necessary, we apologize. We say "I'm sorry, but..." and immediately our thoughts are seen as inferior thus making us seem inferior. It may be a challenge as "sorry" seems to be a natural reflex, but it is one you need to take on. As a woman, stand up for yourself and your opinions! You should not be apologetic for having an opinion or for expressing it. It may just be out of courtesy or to extend a level of politeness but saying sorry is unnecessary.
Be proud and confident the next time you speak up and don't apologize. To realize how much you say "sorry" during the day try to keep count. A challenge to take on to avoid saying "I'm sorry" is to try replacing it with similar terminology that doesn't take away your authority. Replacing "I'm sorry" with "excuse me" until you transition out of both is important so you can become more authoritative in the workplace. Apologizing prior to your statement takes away the tone of seriousness and to rise in the workplace you need to be taken seriously.
Remind yourself, there is nothing to be sorry about. You are a strong, confident, and capable woman - don't apologize!