vendredi 13 juillet 2012

Ten stereotypes that annoy women of power. *

 
         Forbes Woman Magazine interviewed several of the most powerful women on the planet, Christine Lagarde, Director of IMF, Jill Abramson, managing editor of The New York Times
Women who have reached the top of their professional field, despite the many negative stereotypes that they have faced.        
  "Women are still judged more harshly, especially by other women," says Valerie Young, author of "The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women"
If we recognize the male leaders a complex personality, their female counterparts are still reduced to easy stereotypes and persistent that seek to minimize their power. 
  
1. Ice Queen           

With popular characters from Meryl Streep in "The Devil Wears Prada" or Glenn Close in "Damages", the cliché of the insensitive boss still has a bright future ahead of him. "A woman who shows emotion at work is seen as weak or unstable. That which does not show is super professional and is freezing," says Halley Block, president of Fierce. 

 2. Single and lonely           

If the men in power are described as eternal seducers singles, women are frigid old maids. When Janet Napolitano was appointed by Obama, it was said that his single status would allow him to "devote himself more to his work."  

3. Hard           

As investigative journalist Jill Abramson acknowledges that it has had to impose tough requirements, but it does not consider himself a hard person provided.  

4. Low        

  For the president of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla, the world has yet to adjust to the seizure of power by women. A different way to govern not to be confused with weakness.  

5. Male  

Christine Lagarde fight the idea that a woman should look like a powerful businessman to be heard.  

6. Boosted
It has often been asked Ann Curry, NBC journalist, had she received her post "forcing" the television or through a secret agreement. She combats the stereotype that a woman should her success to other qualities rather than her own. 

 7. Emotive          

 Despite his performance and his obvious qualities, Hillary Clinton met with a barrage of criticism when she leaves a tear. Same for Segolene Royal, the victim of many jokes after showing his disappointment in the primaries socialists.  

8. Angry          

 Michelle Obama had to soften his image to escape the sweet nickname of "angry black woman" in which the media have decked when she supported her husband during the presidential campaign.  

9. A quota           

Women in power are still a minority. And although companies have diversity goals to be met, they shall appoint women to senior positions because they deserve it, not by obligation.  

10. Cheerleader          

 According to Billie Blair, president of Change Strategists, warm and feminine leaders are often reduced to the role of cheerleader when the male leaders are seen as real coaches.  

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* Article published in the Diplomatic Courier.

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