Are Women their own worst enemies?
The idea that women are their own worst enemies is one that has been discussed time and again as a hindrance to the gender’s realisation of their full potential
In 2010, The Guardian reported that a survey conducted on 3,000 women at the time proved just that – women are their own worst enemies.
“Almost 85 per cent of those who took part in the 50-question survey admitted having suffered serious, life-altering knocks at the hands of other women,” The Guardian wrote in the report, ‘Women are their own worst enemies, study finds.’
The piece added: “They reported that many of their female friendships had an ‘intense, sinister underbelly’, characterised by ‘intrafemale incivility’ and insidious, ‘gratuitous negativity’. More than 75 per cent had been hurt by the jealousy and competition of a friend.
Be it in school, business or politics, if women stood together, they would shine alongside their male counterparts in all the various fields.
So good it is for a woman to support a woman, that Forbes reports that those who do end up being more successful.
“New research in the Harvard Business Review finds that while both men and women benefit from having a network of well-connected peers across different groups, women who also have an inner circle of close female contacts are more likely to land executive positions with greater authority and higher pay,” the business magazine wrote in its report, Power of the pack: women who support women are more successful.
Standard Digital discussed the concept of women supporting women, aiming to find out whether women do support each other and how far along they have to go in order to have the same opportunities as men.
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