Posted by: thomashaymescnu | November 12, 2012

After writing my papers on Mary Sellen and Adelia Thompson, I noticed how certain aspects of their personalities and leadership styles matched up just little by little with some common female stereotypes discussed in our previous readings. Mary Sellen, the female leader in the traditionally female role, seems to be stern, headstrong, and has certain elements of the more aggressive stereotypes. Adeila Thompson, the female leader in the traditionally male role, is conversely softer. Both have just the smallest touches of the stereotypes in them, and yet their subordinates clearly respect them regardless. This makes one wonder: do they respect them because of the stereotypes? Do they not notice them? Either way, how can these women break free of these limiting ideals?

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