According to a new Gallup poll, if given the choice, Americans still prefer a male boss to a female. In fact 40 percent of women prefer to have a man in charge, compared to 27 percent who prefer a female boss. Despite the advances of strong women, it seems not much has changed since Gallup first asked this question in 1953, 66 percent of Americans preferred a male boss, while just 5 percent wanted to work for a woman.
Alice Eagly, a psychology professor at Northwestern University, told DailyBeast.com, “The leader stereotype is still masculine, which puts women at a disadvantage. When women do get into those roles and act assertive and take charge there’s backlash.”
Recently noted in the Wall Street Journal , the lack of women in corporate America is due to the “queen bee syndrome,” after three researchers at the University of Michigan “found that women who achieved success in male-dominated environments were at times likely to oppose the rise of other women…largely because the patriarchal culture of work encouraged the few women who rose to the top to become obsessed with maintaining their authority.”
The poll sites that Democrats were largely ambivalent about whether their boss was a male or a female. Republicans didn’t care about their boss’ gender, but most of those who had a preference wanted a man. And thirty percent of Independents wanted a man as a boss compared to 20 percent who preferred to have a woman in charge.