Insomnia stinks, but it’s a great excuse to go on the net and look for all kinds of interesting articles related to women and our awesomeness….or in some cases, our complete lack thereof….
An article titled “Women at Work” discusses some of the problems women have with other women during the 9-5 hours.
Most of us, myself included, have had our share of problems dealing with our fellow females in the workplace. Everything from dirty looks, gossip, to back stabbing and credit stealing are just some of the things many of us have had to deal with. It’s a shame that women fought for the right to vote, and also to have control over their own lives, and wind up clawing at each other when they should be helping each other out.
The article brings up several common stories, including the older female executive who thwarts the success of younger female colleagues; the office cliques (which I call covens) that always seems to find one woman to target and harass; and the double standard applied to female managers and executives – nice means you’re incompetent, strict means you’re a b*tch.
I am normally all about supporting women, but I have to say as I spend more time in the workplace, the behavior I see from female colleagues often disgusts me. And I think it is the reason that women in the US, and around the world, almost always make less than our male coworkers. The gossipy and catty behavior make us look simple-minded, petty, and incapable of making a positive contribution to the workplace and the world. Evil stares when a female coworker with a nice figure wears a new dress and heels; lying to the pretty intern with a nice new blowout to get her in trouble with her supervisor; “forgetting” to order necessary supplies so the tall, nice-looking assistant manager can’t get her work done; I have seen tons of examples of this, and I was happy to find this article, because it confirms what I and so many others, including men, have observed. Hopefully, one day, women like this will knock it off, get back to work, and stop making the rest of us look bad.
- Gender Bias Cited As Reason Why Women Don’t Pursue Science Jobs (sciencedaily.com)