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Queen Bees, Mean Girls, and Leaning In to Gender Discrimination by Head of School Elizabeth J. McGregor

I recently came across an Atlantic article from June 2016 (Why Women -Sometimes- Don't Help Other Women), shedding light on research that explains something those of us in girls’ education have long observed: girls’ school students and alumnae work to create opportunities for other women. Research shows that mean girl or queen bee behavior (a myth that persists even though men exhibit this behavior at rates equal to or higher than women) is not pervasive and has a very specific trigger, gender discrimination. But women for whom being female is central to their identity (a trait of girls’ school graduates) respond differently to this discrimination―by raising others up. Click here to read this fascinating story.

Why Women (Sometimes) Don't Help Other Women

Posted by Samantha Chaffin in from the head of school, westridge thought leader on Tuesday October, 10, 2017 at 09:46AM


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