Are Men Allies or Adversaries to Women’s Career Advancement?
Edited by Ronald J. Burke and Debra A. Major
Chapter 14: Individual, organizational, and societal backlash against women
As someone who has researched and written about women in management for over 20 years, I am often asked for comments on various related topics by media outlets. Recently I was asked to comment on why women were less willing than men to put themselves up for promotion when qualified. I indicated that more women than men may not see a managerial job in their self-identity, they may be more risk averse than men to take a chance, and even when they put themselves forward they are less likely to get the promotion because of the ëthink manager, think maleí stereotype that exists. Several readers responded, mostly male, with many indicating that women were less qualified, that supporting such women was another example of social engineering, efforts to support women forced women to become more like men, and I was a leftist. A female friend, Leah Eichler, writes a weekly column for the newspaper, the Globe and Mail, on women in management issues. At a lunch to discuss possible themes for her column she indicated that she frequently gets ëhate mailí from male readers. Backlash is alive and well and living in Canada. In 2012, Anita Sarkeesian started a modest fundraising campaign on the internet to raise money to produce a free series on stereotypes of women in video games (Fernandez-Blaunce, 2012). She began to get death threats, comments on her gender and race, and on Wikipedia, someone replaced her picture with a pornographic one.
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