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’.