Stereotyping Women in the Workplace

Posted March 3, 2012 by Marcy Twete in Leaders We Adore
Have you ever been stereotyped at work? Maybe you have and don’t realize it. I know I personally have been a victim of the, “Such a woman, so emotional!” rant more than once. Whether you know it or not, someone has probably said something similar about you – “Such a woman, so _______!” It’s not fair, it’s not easy, but it happens all the time.

Forbes brings us, “The 10 Worst Stereotypes About Powerful Women.” The premise here is that all women are stereotyped somehow, and the author, Jenna Goudreau, laments (reasonably so) about how many powerful women are “excused” for being there. Someone will say, “Oh, she only got there because she’s….conniving, emotional, or a token woman.” These stereotypes don’t just beat up the woman they’re being spoken about, they beat up the entire female workforce.

So take a moment, read the article, and tell me – have you been stereotyped into one of these categories? What did you do to refute it? And how can we all make sure we’re debunking these stereotypes now and always?

About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is a career fundraiser turned corporate responsibility executive, a career and networking expert and the author of the book "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works."


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