Posted by: hannahhum | January 14, 2015

Surprising Statistics

This is a link to an article by Pew Research on women and leadership. I was initially interested in the statistics that were in many of the readings and with further research found this article. Americans across a wide demographic were asked about gender and leadership, particularly in the U.S. One of the most interesting results I found in this article was about the double standard that women face in leadership positions. This reason, at the top of the list as to why women are not seen in top positions, was that “about four-in-ten Americans point to a double standard for women seeking to climb to the highest levels of either politics or business, where they have to do more than their male counterparts to prove themselves.” To me this sounded like the double bind discussed in the Pittinsky, Bacon, and Welle reading in Kellerman (p. 102) where women “must be assertive and dominant to be viewed as competent, but also exhibiting that assertion and dominance cases them to be liked less and be less influential.” I encourage you all to look at this link because it shows interesting statistics on American opinion of female leadership. What else did you see that surprised you?

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