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Answer:No one should ever offer their hand to another, as the other person may not want physical contact. In this case, it forces a person to either touch another unwillingly or to be rude. Placing a person in this situation is rude.
AnswerWhile I recall hearing that women should extend their hands first, that seems a bit archaic to me. I think times are changing, women's liberation has put them more equal to men in society, but also weakened what 'gentlemen' should do because they are women. I still open doors and car doors for women, and I still see gentlemen who walk on the traffic side of the sidewalk (and women who want them to) but I don't often see a difference in who initiates a handshake.
It's appropriate for a man to extend his hand and shake the woman's hand. This also goes for Canada.
In the Southeastern parts of the US it is considered rude and brash to offer your hand to a woman, unless she offers her first. It's as if you are putting her on a pedestal and she is allowing you to shake her hand.
A man should always wait for the woman to extend her hand first. If she does not, you do not grab her hand. A woman is not required to shake hands. It is at her discretion if she chooses to do so.
Always wait for the woman to extend her hand, unless she is of lower rank in an office, or if a man is hosting a woman in his office the he should extend his hand. It is not inappropriate to bow slightly or tip your hat if she does not extend her hand.
According to Miss Manners:
Socially, a lady should extend her hand to a gentleman; in business, the higher-ranking person or the person whose office it is should extend the hand.
* It depends on the individual. Some widows prefer to keep their husband's Christian name such as 'John.' Either way is correct ... John or Jane. * The usual practice is "Mrs. Jane Doe"; but always defer to the woman's preference. Note: If a married woman's husband is alive, then the form "Mrs. John Doe" is commonly used, but in social contexts only: in a business letter she should not be addressed that way. * In traditional, published etiquette, specifically referenced in Miss Manners Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior (2005)and Crane's Blue Book of Social Stationery (2002), a widow is only correctly addressed formally as "Mrs. John Doe". Informally, she would be "Jane Doe". Using "Mrs. Jane Doe" implies that she is a divorcee.