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How Women Get Promotions

Girly Women Snag the Promotions, Study Says

Want to get ahead at work? According to a British study, having feminine qualities will do the trick, the Daily Mail reports. The results are definitely surprising, because it kind of goes against the grain of what I've always thought — the assertive and confident approach is the pathway to success for women. A friend and I were talking about this the other day, and it seemed to us that women in power in male-dominated industries or careers tend to have more forceful personalities. However, the scientists of this study disagree. The Daily Mail says:

The findings, which will dismay feminists, suggest the best way for a woman to succeed in a man’s world is to act like a lady. They tally with past research that showed women oozing with self-confidence, assertiveness and other characteristics linked with successful management can be side-lined at work in favour of meeker types. It is thought that while such traits are highly-prized in men, go-getting women are penalised for not being feminine enough and are seen as less likeable.

When I look at power women like Oprah Winfrey, Arianna Huffington, and Hillary Clinton, it's hard to believe those findings. What do you think — do women need to put on some lipstick and heels to get promoted?

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finch1 finch1 6 years
being a girly girl, this is a little confidence booster
anakiya anakiya 6 years
I don't think the word "meek" correctly expressed the thoughts of the authors. In my opinion it's great being a woman. I am a woman in what can be consider a man's industry. I stand out. I'm not afraid to wear lipstick and heels to work. Actually, I feel more "powerful" when I do look like a woman. I think it's sad that women think they need to look like a man in order to succeed. Be who you are and do what you do best and the rest will follow.
imLissy imLissy 6 years
not so sad for us girly girls!
le-romantique le-romantique 6 years
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