As a young lawyer in Arkansas, Hillary Clinton came across an advice column on how to decorate your first office.

If you are a man, pepper it with pictures of your family, the male writer advised: “Everyone will know you’re a responsible, reliable family man.”

But if you’re female and you have your own office? “Don’t have any pictures of your family. Because then they think you won’t be able to concentrate on your work,” she said, to a laughing audience at a 2014 women in leadership summit.

A Pew Research Center survey confirms that lopsided attitudes about gender from Clinton’s years in Arkansas persist even now, in 2015.

Forty-three percent of the people who responded to the Pew survey said that women in top executive positions are held to higher standards than men. A substantial 38% believed that the high standards extended to women in public office.

The survey polled 1,835 people, roughly half of whom were men, on the barriers to women taking up top positions in business and politics.

In politics, 37% of respondents felt that America was simply not ready to elect female leaders. That number rose to 43% when they were asked about female leaders in corporate America.

Via The Guardian.

Even quicker-hitting than usual for a few days for work is very busy. I’m a not a fan of Sandberg’s privilege-laden “lean in” philosophy but this is a disturbing take on a newly-named work trend. (Note: women have been experiencing it for decades, mind you.) Manterrupting: Unnecessary interruption of a woman by a man. See also: Bropropriating: Taking a woman’s idea and taking credit for it.

Sandberg and Grant write of young female writers on the TV show The Shield who would keep quiet during story meetings. To the show’s producer Glenn Mazarra’s suggestion that they speak up, the response was: “Watch what happens when we do.”

Mazarra, Sandberg and Grant write, noticed that every time the women spoke in meetings, they were always interrupted by male writers, shot down, or their ideas hijacked by aggressive male voices – what Time magazine dubbed “manterrupting” and “bropropriation”.

Succour was found only when the producer introduced a “no-interruption rule”, noting that the team became far more effective when everyone could exchange ideas without getting in the women’s way.

Sandberg, Facebook’s COO and the author of Lean In, teams with Wharton professor Grant to describe how women speak less in meetings not only because they are often “manterrupted”, but also because, evidence suggests, women are actively punished for making themselves heard.

Yale University’s Victoria Briscoll found that experienced and powerful male senators spoke more than their juniors on the Senate floor. But experience and power did not correlate with more speaking time for female senators. In her research, Briscoll also noted that loquacious male leaders got 10% higher ratings than their peers in the same organization, while female executives got 14% lower ratings than their peers if they spoke more.

Rest: The Guardian.

(Orig. posted on feimineach.com)

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