What to do if You Work for a Queen Bee

Aug. 9, 2018


Jennifer Aniston said she’s been treated worse by women than men in Hollywood. Women tell Moneyish how they handled difficult female personalities on the job

Don’t be one of the mean girls.

While the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have inspired women to lift each other up by sharing their experiences of sexism and abuse, some women still report feeling oppressed by their fellow female colleagues and bosses. Take Jennifer Aniston, for example, who recently said she’d been treated worse by some women than men in Hollywood.

"I’ve never had anyone in a position of power make me feel uncomfortable and leverage that over me,” Aniston told InStyle magazine when asked about the #MeToo movement. “In my personal experience I’ve been treated worse verbally and energetically by some women in this industry.”

This “Queen Bee Syndrome,” referring to women who are often meaner to each other than men are to women, is all too familiar for many female professionals. A study by University of Arizona professor Allison Gabriel surveyed hundreds of people about their workplace interactions with men and women. And Gabriel found that women are more likely to feel ignored, interrupted, mocked or otherwise disrespected by other women at work, compared to reporting men treating them this way. While the findings are no reason to downplay bad behavior by men or gender discrimination, Gabriel stressed that rudeness among women is not something people should take lightly.

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