We can see it in many movies: a woman obtains a position of power, like those that men generally have, and begins to treat her subordinates badly, preventing their growth. This is what for a long time was called the "queen bee" phenomenon. However, a new study by Brazilian researchers tries to end this myth.
The authors found in their analysis that the opposite actually happens: women in high positions hire and give space to other women when they have enough power to do so. At the same time, they let them occupy other spaces where their salaries are equal to those of men.
How was the investigation conducted?
Researchers took as a sample a total of 8.3 million organizations distributed in 5,600 Brazilian municipalities. It was done in a certain period of time to allow the group of women of leadership to be consolidated. It was found that when a woman was elected as a leader in public administration, the number of other women in nearby positions increased.
According to the authors of the study, previous analyzes that determined that women were "queen bees" were not representative in quantity of the sample and had large biases in the information. In the course of history, characters like Margaret Thatcher have appeared as this type of women who impede the growth of their peers, but such tiny samples cannot prove that there really is a global phenomenon.
Women have had less access to important positions and worse salaries in the course of history. It is important to end myths that stereotype people and start fighting for real space in all organizations.
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