Penny Wong
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An Australian Senator is so good at shutting down men who interrupt her, she might as well teach a master class.

Senator Penny Wong was speaking in the Senate on Wednesday when her colleague, Ian MacDonald, attempted to interrupt her — twice.

The call-out successfully stopped MacDonald’s interruption without offering any acknowledgment of what he said. Wong immediately continued discussing the matter at hand, not giving her interrupter a chance to speak.

Moments later, someone tried to interrupt her again, and Wong skillfully deployed the same tactic.


Wong has a strong history of refusing to take crap from her fellow politicians and colleagues.

When the Attorney General of Australia, George Brandis, criticized the way she worded a question at a hearing in 2016, Wong was quick to clap back:

In all seriousness: Manterrupting is real, with multiple surveys and studies confirming that men interrupt women at dramatically higher rates than women interrupt men.

Raise a glass to all the women like Penny Wong who refuse to stand for it.