Athena Swan

Athena Swan promotes and supports the careers of women in Science, Engineering and Technology (STEM), and aims to address gender inequalities and imbalance in these disciplines and, in particular, the under-representation of women in senior roles.

Sunday, 25 October 2015

The Age - Women must learn to be disliked on the long, lonely path to equality


Earlier this week a new study was published by psychologists at Arizona State University, who found that women who show anger are taken less seriously and deemed less influential than men. However, an angry man will have his colleagues rolling out the red carpet towards the chief executive's office. His ire makes him seem more authoritative.Academics refer to this social phenomenon as the dominance penalty. When women display characteristics of traditional leadership – such as decisiveness and strength – for which a man would be rewarded and respected, she will often have to deal with being disliked. By men and women.
The forces that stop Western women gaining equality with men both at home and at work are usually subtle social norms, which make us curb our behaviour or modify our desires without even realising it in an attempt to be accepted and hopefully loved. But awkwardness is par for the course on the tricky road to gender equality. Awkward conversations, awkward silences and, sometimes, awkward shouting matches. I've been there – as have many of my female friends.

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