The Queen Bee effect has no sting.

A recent study of 8.3 million organisations showed that Queen Bee syndrome— where women leaders treat other women poorly, either doesn’t exist or occurs minimally. In fact, women leaders in public organisations were more likely to employ women in top and middle management positions. And when men and women were treated equally, the Queen Bee effect was not present at all.


Mother Nature Needs Her Daughters: A Homeward Bound Global Review and Fact Sheet Investigating Gender Inequality in STEMM

Prepared by Fabian Dattner, Homeward Bound CEO and Co-founder;
Dr Mary-Ellen Feeney, Jacobs Group (Australia); and
Professor Tonia Gray, Centre for Educational Research, Western Sydney University.
Compiled by Homeward Bound Alumni from 2018 & 2019

Copies can be download at https://doi.org/10.26183/5d22d5fbe2349

Online version here.

The Friendships of Women

Alger WR. (2012) The Friendships of Women; Schopenhauer A, and Saunders TB. (2011), The Essays of Arthur Schopenhauer: The Wisdom of Life.

Queen Bees and Alpha Males: Are successful women more competitive than successful men?

However, numerous studies suggest that rather than contributing to gender inequality, the queen bee effect is a direct consequence of pervasive gender inequality in most workplaces. It is also important to note that the behaviour is NOT inherent to women and NOT a direct manifestation of female competitiveness in the workplace. For example, Queen Bees are more inclined to identify with other successful women, even though these women may be their direct competitors.



The immortal – and false – myth of the workplace Queen Bee

THE CONVERSATION – Women leaders are often portrayed in popular culture as suffering from Queen Bee Syndrome (think Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada). The media is filled with advice about “what to do if you work for a Queen Bee.” But what if the Queen Bee isn’t real? Or at least she’s sorely misunderstood?


Why Women (Sometimes) Don't Help Other Women

THE ATLANTIC – When men battle it out, they are seen as engaging in healthy competition and vigorous debate. When women do the same things, they are Mean Girls locked in a heated catfight. These perceptions that women are backstabbing and conniving can lead people to believe that workplace disagreements between women are especially damaging.



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