There's a pervasive theory, backed by research, that high-level career women feel threatened by successful female coworkers and therefore fail to promote more of them to the top. But a new study by Catalyst found that women are actually more likely than other men to help women advance their careers. And here I thought we were all bitches!
According to the survey, sixty-five percent of women who received career development support are now helping "pay it forward" by mentoring up-and-coming employees, compared to 56 percent of men, and 73 percent of the women doing so are working with women, as opposed to only 30 percent of men. This promising news is bound to make anyone who has ever had to deal with the soul-crushing fear of working under a "Mean Girl" boss cry tears of joy/passive-aggressively post this article above the office microwave.
"This report dispels the misconception that women's career advancement lags behind men's because they don't pay it forward to other women. It shows that women are in fact actively helping each other succeed," said Ilene H. Lang, President & CEO of Catalyst. "The notion that women executives are Queen Bees who are unwilling to support other women needs to be put to rest."
Maybe these findings indicate that fewer women feel pressure to be treated as equals in male-dominated industries, meaning they can focus on developing new talent without feeling as competitive or threatened by qualified female candidates as did their predecessors. Let's hope so, because, as anyone lucky enough to have an awesome female mentor in her life can tell you, the experience is invaluable.
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