Oh, Brother: Why Do People Prefer Male Bosses To Female Bosses?

Female bosses are still intimidating to employees. Especially, we're guessing, female bosses who act like this. | Source: ShutterStock

Female bosses are still intimidating to employees. Especially, we’re guessing, female bosses who act like this. | Source: ShutterStock

Disappointingly for me, since I’m a boss to some degree in addition to being a boss bitch, numerous surveys have said that employees prefer male bosses to female bosses. Why does a penis make someone a better superior at the office?

Stereotypes.

Studies suggest that traits for bosses (assertive, dominant) make male bosses seem like great leaders, but make female bosses seem, well, bitchy. (Not. Fair.)

A social psychology professor, Alice Eagly, explained to Forbes, “Leaders are thought to be people who are dominant and competitive and take charge and are confident. Those kinds of qualities are ascribed to men far more than women. Women are ascribed to be nice. We are, above all, nice.” (Not all of us. I can be a real sass queen sometimes.) But that’s the stereotype currently, and unfortunately, until prior generations die out or retire, it’s probably going to be that way for a while.

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