Queen Bee Syndrome
Mothers are 79% less likely to be hired, only half as likely to be promoted, offered an average of $11,000 less in salary and held to higher performance and punctuality standards than an identical woman without children.
By Joan C. Williams (Author, The New Girls’ Network)
Advice literature for women is a crowded field and a predictable one. Most advice falls into one of two woefully inadequate camps:
1. Man up! The most common advice assumes that the problem is that women need to act more like men. Men tend to negotiate harder, act with more confidence and go after plum assignments that will require them to stretch and swagger. All this is good advice – sometimes, for some women. It will work for you if you tend to act in traditionally feminine ways: modest, happy to play support roles and attuned to the comfort of others
“I have never seen in my entire career women being as supportive to one another as they are now.”
- Deborah Jackson, co-founder of the Women Innovate Mobile accelerator program
By Charlotte Kellogg (Social Media Manager, Appguppy)
When you Google “female boss”, recent write-ups about female bosses from Bloomberg BusinessWeek, MSNBC’s Today Show and AskMen.com pop up, revealing a disturbing trend that has emerged in the way female managers are discussed. Whether it’s the “queen bee” model, the “crazy control freak” model or the “chatty Kathy” type, there seems to be a newfound love for bashing female managers.
As a college grad who recently took the position of Community Manager at Appguppy, a female-founded tech company, I have a hard time connecting my real life experiences working with female managers to any of these perspectives.