Posted by: kalliwilson11 | January 10, 2014

Gender Roles in the Workplace

I saw this video a few weeks back and it got me thinking about our discussion on the first day about how we think of leadership positions as CEOs, and how women perceived based on their gender. This perception that women in high ranking “CEO” – like positions are bossy, blunt, and masculine has been portrayed in other films such as The Devil Wears Prada. In the film, Miranda Priestly is hailed as uncaring,  lacking in compassion, and unable to have any meaningful personal and professional relationships. She is often referred to as “The Dragon Lady”.  To me, this demonstrates a one sided view to not only the perception of women in leadership roles but the idea of leadership itself. Women can be in stereotypical leadership positions without being this stereotype portrayed by the media. In addition, there are leadership positions outside the stereotype of CEO – type positions. Although stereotypes are meant to act as a schema to neatly organize our world, they also act to hinder forward thinking and objective judgments about the roles we are meant to play in society.


  1. I’ve seen this video a few times and I think it sends a really powerful message about how society views things that women and men both do. Sometimes even simple things like dressing nicely can mean different things for men and women and I think that is particularly interesting.

  2. I hope that during this class we will study perhaps why these stereotypes exist. This movie is the perfect example of society inferring that women in leadership positions must be harsh and uncaring to be successful, and though that may be true for some women, it is not the case for all. I particularly found this movie’s depiction of her personal life to be interesting. Not only did they have Miranda’s character to be harsh in the workplace, her family life was also lacking because she worked so often. Though it made for a dramatic movie, I’d like to see women who have delicately balanced both the CEO and maternal roles in their lives.

  3. This is such a great video! I would also like to study these stereotypes and how exactly we perceive leadership roles with women. While we all tend to think of women leaders to be executive officers, judges, CEOs, and more, they are also leaders in their homes, and in their daily lives overall.

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