Monday, July 23, 2007
New Research on Women Leaders: Damned Every Which Way?
Oh, Hillary, how they love to hate you. We know by now that women leaders are held to impossible double standards--damned if they appear too "soft" or "caring" or, in the case of politics, too focused on "women's issues," and damned if they don't appear to be any of these things. Ann Friedman at feministing had a smart post on Hillary coverage last week, as did Judith Warner over at Domestic Disturbances.
Looking to understand the phenomenon further? Catalyst's latest report (released July 17) is on the issue behind this issue--stereotypes and perceptions others have of women who vie for leadership. Catalyst focuses on female CEOs, but the lessons apply in other realms too. Check out coverage of the report ("The Double-Bind Dilemma for Women in Leadership: Damned if You Do, Doomed if You Don’t") in CNNMoney, but to get the goods, go straight to the source.