Comes now yet another study on professional women and the fiery demon. I’ve taken an interest in the subject ever since my exploration of the “bully broad” phenom in Silicon Valley during the dotcom boom.
The findings confirm the extant research: venom-venting among professional women is judged negatively, whereas men win status and admiration when they do the same.
The study, by Victoria Brescoll of Yale University, will be presented at the Academy of Management confab in Philadelphia next week. Study participants watched videos of men and women enacting different roles and emotional scripts in the workplace. “Participants rated the angry female CEO as significantly less competent than all of the other targets, including even the angry female trainee. They viewed “angry female targets as significantly more ‘out of control’ than the angry male targets and unemotional male and female targets.”
Oh, and there’s a big pay dock too. The unemotional female candidates were paid an average of $55,384, compared to $32,902 for the angry ones. Male executives were paid more than trainees regardless of their emotional expression, an average of $73,643 versus $36,810.
Dr. Brescoll’s paper concluded that: “Women, like men, have the same need to achieve status and power. At the same time, to achieve and maintain high social status, professional women may also have to behave unemotionally in order to be seen as rational. Thus, it is important to identify strategies that professional women can use
to express anger without incurring a social penalty.”
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