New research suggests that women are one another’s worst enemies when it comes to advancing professionally. Forget the glass ceiling, it seems sisters are interested only in doing it for themselves – as individuals.
Dubbed the “sisterhood ceiling”, a study published in The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology suggests that women are more likely to compete with one another for positions.
According to the study, “Women regard competition with their same-gender co-workers as less desirable than men do, and that their relationships with each other suffer in the presence of competition.”
An article in The Telegraph says that while men are more at ease with competing with one another, and see hierarchy as a natural and accepted part of life, so-called “female peer culture” is effectively the opposite – valuing harmony and the appearance of equality.
We asked women at the Ndalo Media office, which is predominantly comprised of females, to weigh in on the debate. Is sisterhood possible in the workplace and do women help one another rather than compete?