Gender and Double Standards for Competence

  • Martha Foschi
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Abstract

Gender inequality in interaction takes many forms and is maintained by various processes. For example, men and women frequently differ in the amount of competence that is assigned to them and in the emotional reactions they receive when they attempt to occupy leadership positions. Moreover, women who do achieve such positions often have difficulties exerting influence. For instance, they tend to be perceived as aggressive whereas men exhibiting the same behavior are seen as decisive. In addition, there are usually differences in the types of personality characteristics that men and women are expected to exhibit (e.g., women are expected to be more sensitive than men). There are also gender differences in the rules specifying what degree of informality is acceptable in a given situation.

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Status Characteristic Task Group American Sociological Review Status Generalization Double Standard 
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