Women want to help other women succeed. It’s why we have special mentoring groups, and “Women in Business” lunches, right? Theoretically, and maybe on a conceptual level. But, studies suggest that women don’t like to compete with women who are younger and prettier than they are.
But who is making the hiring decisions? Actual hiring decisions are made by front line managers, who are usually a pretty good mix of males and females. But, who decides what resumes actually make it to the managers? That’s where HR and recruiters come into the mix.
When researchers sent a pretty woman
(defined as a woman with “low waist-to-hip ratio, clear skin, large breasts”) wearing a short skirt and low cut blouse into a room with other women, the results were pretty awful. The women reacted with, what the researchers described as, hostility. The attractive woman didn’t say anything rude, or even try to do anything to the other women in the room, but the comments about her were overwhelmingly negative.
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