Male bosses are more than three times as popular as female bosses, according to a highly unscientific online poll posted on the Wall Street Journal website in conjunction with today's annual survey of "50 Women To Watch." Although 35% of respondents said they had no preference, only 15% said they'd prefer, "all things being equal," to work for a female. We wonder if the numbers would be different if the boss in question was #32 Delphine Arnault Gancia, who also made it to the Forbes "10 Hottest Billionaire Heiresses" list? No, actually, we don't really wonder that; mostly we wonder what you think. Because judging from video the newspaper shot asking people about their bosses in downtown New York, it seems like the women dragging down the numbers for lady bosses are other women.
Interestingly, women are thought by the dudes to be more "compassionate", whereas they're perceived by the other women to be bigger hardasses. In another story Google executive Sheryl Sandberg cites a case study of an individual's career in which half of a group of Stanford students was asked to rate a the person's competency thinking her name was Heidi, the other half Howard. And while they rated Heidi/Howard as equally competent regardless of the name, no one wanted to work for Heidi — they perceived her to be too aggressive and out for herself. But then another executive admits to having taken a female employee out to lunch to express her support for the employee's decision to have a kid, and the female employee is all, "Um, that's so nice of you to say, thanks for the 11:30 p.m. emails. So basically yeah, it's what you'd expect, a struggle you can't win, husbands who are willing to stay at home rule but find it somewhat emasculating, you can't win etc. But hey! At least they manage not to mention HILLARY.
In other news, stay tuned for the drunk version of this video.