Women have a tough life – they work hard and are discriminated.. at work and elsewhere. So men are to be blamed.. right? WRONG!
The latest research shows that women bosses are FAR MORE likely to discriminate against a female employee as opposed to a male boss! Not to suggest that sexism is a figment of imagination.. but then it seems that intra-gender rivalry is as much – probably more – a cause of discrimination as inter-gender one is.
Women bosses are significantly more likely than men to discriminate against female employees, research has suggested.
The study found that when presented with applications for promotion, women were more likely than men to assess the female candidate as less qualified than the male one.
They were also prone to mark down women’s prospects for promotion and to assess them as more controlling than men in their management style.
The findings, based on experiments carried out among more than 700 people, suggest that the “queen bee syndrome” of female rivalry in the workplace may sometimes be as important as sexism in holding back women’s careers.
“Female and older participants showed more prejudice against the (idea of a) female leader than did male and younger participants,” said Rocio Garcia-Retamero, a psychologist at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin and lead author of the report.
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