9/18/2007

Nobody like an angry woman

Studies show men don't suffer any loss in status when they express emotion on the job, but for women, the rules are different. In a recent research, Victoria Brescoll of Yale University asked a group of men and women to watch videotaped interviews of male and female job applicants, some of whom expressed anger while describing their past work experiences. Afterward, the viewers rated the subjects' competence and suggested target salaries. When male candidates expressed emotion, viewers contributed it to a tough situation. Women's anger, though, was attributed to personality, and women were offered salaries 40% lower than those awarded to men. But when women mentioned a reason for their anger, the gender bias disappeared. Bottom line, people strongly disapprove of women expressing anger in a professional context.

2 comments:

John said...

If I were a woman, this would make me mad! Actually, as a husband and dad (one son, one daughter) it makes me mad anyways.

I was wondering about the observers and if the perception was different between men and women.

Bilbo said...

I believe this is because women (at least in most Western cultures) are supposed to be caring and nurturing, as opposed to the men who are expected to be violent and aggressive. When we see an angry woman, it appears "out of kilter." I try not to get Agnes angry, because I know it could be fatal.