Should women be entitled to equal pay and equal opportunities for advancement in the workplace? I think almost all of us would answer without reservation - absolutely! But to pretend that there aren't sometimes considerable differences between the way women interact at work and the way men typically do would be somewhat naïve.
I recently heard a couple of women lamenting how female administrative assistants working for female bosses seemed to result in strained relationships. It was hardly the first time I'd heard such a thing, and it prompts the question - do women have any more challenges than men do functioning within a hierarchical organization when both superior and subordinate happen to be female (as opposed to men when both superior and subordinate are male)? Could it be that because females are encouraged from a young age to build relationships founded on mutual support (you know, be nice to each other) that it makes boss-subordinate relations a more bitter pill to swallow?
Has it been your experience that claws are much more likely to come out in offices that are dominated by women?
Do you think a harassment situation is more likely to occur if a woman is in a workplace where males predominate?
Have you ever worked in an environment where only one gender was present, and if so what are your observations/experiences?
How do you think gender composition affects the dynamics of work interactions?