New research explores the effects of women who display male behavior in the workplace. “Sometimes you need to be more extreme, depending on the situation. It’s not that aggressive women need to scale it back and act like a lady — in certain situations they need to call on those behaviors,” said Olivia O’Neill, professor at George Mason University’s School of Management and author of a forthcoming study that examines women who act masculine in the workplace. The researchers discovered that “although masculine women are seen as more competent than feminine women, they are also seen as less socially skilled and consequently, less likeable and less likely to be promoted.”
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