A Look at "Queen Bee" and Why She's a Stereotype for Women in Workplaces

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Here's a breakdown of the New York Times & The Atlantic articles on views on women in the workplace

1. Here are the two cultural ideas about the role women play at work

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The Queen Bee - with Queen Bees, it's believed that women inherently dislike each other, and that they will undermine each other in all aspects of life to get on top.

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And The Righteous Woman - basically, because all women face sexism, we should have one another's backs, because when you put women up against each other, it can be seen as even worse of a betrayal than men vs. women.

Both of these cultural ideas about women do help them get to the "top," but in very different ways, and the differences are generational, too. It's more likely for women of an older generation to be "Queen Bees," whereas the younger generation of women are more likely to help each other out, therefore, we are seen as the more "Righteous Women."

2. "Queen Bee Syndrome"

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This syndrome is when women try not to identify with being a woman - so they'll make comments like, "Women are too emotional" or "I think more like a guy" instead of truly identifying as a woman & using that to make them stronger. It's that these women don't want to be seen as a woman because it means that their other attributes to the work place don't matter as much. It also means that women are more likely to hate on other women.

3. But it looks like "Queen Bees" are generational

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In the article, it shows that older women are more likely to be "Queen Bees" - perhaps because of more sexism, more barriers, fewer women in the workplace.

4. Other marginalized groups distant themselves from their group, as well, just like Queen Bees.

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You can see it in some gay men when they try to not act like other, more stereotypical gays, because they don't want to be seen that way. When there are stereotypes put in place, we try to break free. Women in the workplace want to be seen as women with careers they ahead of their personal lives, because no one wants to be the classic 1950s stay-at-home mom that makes sandwiches all day.

5. And why can women be mean to other women without being shot down for it?

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When a guy calls a girl something bad, or says something sexist, women get all high and mighty on them (rightly so), but when women do it to other women, we just seem to brush it off. We should call each other out just as much, because at the end of the day, it's still not cool.

6. So what prevents the "Queen Bee"?

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  1. Identify highly as a woman.
  2. Support other women in the workplace or in any space.
  3. Don't hate on other women.
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Be a Righteous Woman, and help a girl out!

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