by Alecia M. Santuzzi, Ph.D., Sarah Bailey, Jasmin Martinez and Giulia Zanini, guest contributors
When reflecting on the future of women’s equality, activist Germaine Greer stated that her worry was the potential damage of “women’s own misogyny” against each other. Recent psychological research supports Greer’s concern.
Women’s representation in the U.S. workforce has increased tremendously, which ought to give other women confidence that they can break through the glass ceiling that prevented leadership opportunities and career success in previous generations.
As women advance to new opportunities, it is often expected that they will be supportive of other women. This support could include helping their female co-workers learn about the organization, providing friendship, or facilitating new career opportunities. Employers might assume that female employees will support each other, leading them to pair new female employees with female mentors.