Women who work in traditionally male professions aren’t seen as being as warm but the effect is neutralised when people find they are mothers or their behaviour is seen as feminine.
In 3 experimental studies, the authors tested the idea that penalties women incur for success in traditionally male areas arise from a perceived deficit in nurturing and socially sensitive communal attributes that is implied by their success . . . . Results indicated that the negativity directed at successful female managers-in ratings of likability, interpersonal hostility, and boss desirability-was mitigated when there was indication that they were communal . . . these penalties were averted when communality was conveyed by role information (motherhood status) or by behaviour (Study 3). These findings support the idea that penalties for women’s success in male domains result from the perceived violation of gender-stereotypic prescriptions.
I wonder how men in these professions are regarded when it comes to warmth?
Do misconceptions based on gender work both ways so men in traditionally female occupations are regarded as weaker in what might be regarded as masculine traits?
If so why we are still gender stereotyping after all these years?
The idea that women in positions of authority are less feminine and men in nurturing roles less masculine is antediluvian.
When men were hunters and women stayed back in the cave to look after the children there were good reasons for differences in masculine and feminine traits.
But now we’re in the 21st century isn’t it time we got over penalising people for perceptions about gender-based character traits and behaviour?