New research says that women's careers may be held back by…other women.
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.
Interesting. As I started thinking about what this could mean, I hit a spot in the article that made me question the validity of the research.
They used 705 participants living in southern Spain to evaluate the credentials of a male and female employee of a make-believe corporation who were proposed for promotion to a managerial position as a production supervisor.
After reading a description of the role and company, the participants were told to read each potential leader's CV and imagine their characteristics and likely success by evaluating them on several issues related to the job.
That doesn't exactly seem like a process to get solid evidence about this issue. I'm not saying the conclusion is incorrect. "Queen bee" syndrome may be a real thing, but the evidence for it is only this weak research and some anecdotes.
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