Louise's Feminist Musings

Notes on feminist news & issues

Key to Promotion for Women: don’t smile


`Previous research has established that people who are thought to be willing to lead a team are more likely to be given the opportunity to do so.

Women have a disadvantage because they are seen as less interested in management roles, the study found.

The researchers described scenarios where men and women were portrayed as being either cheerful or proud of their work, or as showing no emotion, and asked participants to judge how willing they would be to become a leader.

There was greater discrepancy between female candidates than male ones, with cheerful women coming off worst.

“Women who looked cheerful were judged to less willing to lead,” Prof Welpe said. “Pride, on the other hand, is positively associated with leadership qualities.” ‘


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This entry was posted on July 17, 2013 by in English items, Research and tagged , , , , .
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