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06:26 pm: "The Myth of the Iron Lady"
I read Monday the 12th's WashPost last night and the Monday Department of Human Behavior was more interesting than usual. Apparently studies show that:

...women vying for leadership roles are automatically assigned two labels. The first is to be seen as nice and warm, but incompetent; the second is to be seen as competent but unpleasant.

I think I was seen as competent but unpleasant. In any case, the article discusses why people feel this way and how their ideas can be changed. I thought it was fascinating.

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From:kgbooklog
Date:December 1st, 2007 12:50 am (UTC)
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And this is different from how male leaders are viewed? Those labels sound a lot like the common connotations of "liberal" and "conservative" (before the latter started openly embracing incompetence). [reads article] I wonder how much of this is because most people aren't used to seeing women in leadership roles (outside of the classroom). And I'll also point out the drastic change in people's opinions of George W. Bush and Donald Rumsfeld after they got into the White House.
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