In a study by Linda Carli (1990), the researcher hypothesized three outcomes: that a woman’s socioeconomic status causes her to speak more tentatively, that men would interrupt more than women, and third, that women when speaking with other women would use more intensifiers and verbal reinforcers than when speaking with men. For instance, women tended to add words or phrases to their sentences such as “okay?”, “you know?” and “maybe”. Words such as these disqualify the strength and assertiveness of a statement. Subjects were told to discuss a topic on which they did not agree to observe whether gender influenced the way subjects communicated with each other. Women showed to be more tentative than men, but only when both men and women were present. Women who spoke in a tentative style were more influential, or more well-regarded, when speaking with men. Conversely, women who spoke more tentatively were less influential, or were less regarded when speaking with other women. The study’s results were solidified in a second part of the study. Researchers asked 120 subjects to listen to an audiotape of identical persuasive messages. The messages were spoken by either a man or woman. Again, females who spoke more tentatively were more influential with male subjects and less influential with female participants. Male speakers showed to be influential with both male and female subjects. This study attests to the high regard and immediate approval given to men in our society. Further, it also speaks to the fact that the female role is most receptive to other males when a female is in the traditional, passive role. However, other females were not accepting of the tentative female role, which indicates that women’s traditional views about female behavior are changing. The researcher believes that tentative speech may be purposeful for women, being that it avoids women from being so assertive that it is intimidating or off-putting for a man.