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January 2012


An exploratory field study inquired whether women like to be supervised by a female manager. The morejobs held by female respondents, the less they preferred having a woman for a boss. Additionally, therewas negative bias related to the age of the female manager. There were no similar effects between malesubordinates and managers of either gender. In fact, the more jobs males had in their careers, the morethey believed that females make the best boss. Implications are discussed toward whether the glassceiling for females is being perpetuated to some degree by other females in subordinate positions.

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