Prejudice against female leaders more common than we think, says new research

Attitudes against female leaders in the workplace are more prejudiced than we think, according to new research.

The study, from Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf in Germany, examined people’s true thoughts about female leaders using a randomised questioning technique including both a direct and indirect approach called the Crosswise Model.

The hypothesis was that previous statistics and studies on this topic may not paint an accurate picture because people are less likely to share their honest feelings if they feel their anonymity is at risk.

From a survey pool of 1529 students, 28 per cent of women and 45 per cent of men in the sample indicated that they considered women to be less qualified for leadership positions than men.

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