The Queen Bee

queen-bee-300x210[1] are we are own worst enemy?

I was reading an article ‘Women – are we our own enemy?’, published April 1st of this year in Yes, I know – I am determined to catch up on my reading list! The article touched a sore spot within me; one still sensitive enough to ignite a serious and heated spiel, if I’m asked; on women targeting women in the workplace.

As an engineer trained as a physicist, I’ve worn a number of hats throughout my working career and in every case have come across the ‘Queen Bee’ issue. The issue is that many women who are in either supervisor positions or who have a greater amount of ‘time in’ within an organization, will often target up and coming women whom they see as a threat or just out of pure jealousy.  Targeting includes everything from verbal slamming in a meeting, sabotage of work tasks, slander, false reporting; in other words – workplace bullying. Cheryl Benton, the author of this article, related the findings of a LinkedIn survey in which women participants preferred a male to a female boss, 4:1. She also quoted a compelling case made by Peggy Drexler in a Wall Street  Journal article; ‘The Tyranny of the Queen Bee’ in which women in power will not help other women. In addition, Drexler mentioned another study in which female workplace bullies will target other women 80% of the time. Benton mentions more stats and her own experience with a Queen Bee.

I recommend you read the article; it may strike you as much as it did Benton who quoted former Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright’s comment ‘There’s a special place in hell for women who do not help other women’.


About Deborah Leddon

Vegetarian Mother and Wife, Scientist at UTD CSS, passionate about my family, animal rights, the outdoors and my violin.
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