She's The Boss!

by jander18 on October 29, 2016 - 11:27am

Do you think women are often stereotyped in the workplace because of their gender? Do you prefer a male boss to a female boss or vice versa or does their sex not matter? Nowadays Woman have taken on major roles in the workplace. Rather than the stereotypical phrases such as “Women belong in the kitchen” Now century’s later women are bosses, doctors, teachers and so much more. Well even though times have changed, am sure there are still some men who struggles with taking orders from women. What do these men think of the fact there could be a woman president? Are these the men voting for Trump, It’s scary that there are people in the world so sexiest still?  Will our world ever be less hateful? Still to this day woman get harassed walking down the street, being called names, being whistled at. This happens in the workplace too. Men and woman have different traits they bring to the table as bosses. Woman are more compassionate and understanding. Men are more direct than and not as compassionate as woman. With such different traits I believe this is what makes men have a difficult time taking orders from woman. So what is your opinion on this topic?


Hi Jander18,

I completely agree with you that we should have more women as leaders in companies, but I believe that men being less compassionate than women only plays a small role in the fact that there are significantly less female CEOs than men CEOs.
The sad truth is we live in a patriarchal world, and whether you like it or not, we instinctively conform to the specific set of rules imposed by patriarchy. The general assumption is that men should rule, and women should accept their subordinate position.
Men, living in this kind of society, try to conform to the rules of the man box in order to lead; and other men, who can’t conform to those rules, are seen as “weak” and are asked to be subordinate, just like women. If a man has to obey to a woman, the society would consider him as being “outside of the box” because a woman (who is supposed to be “subordinate” in this society) controls this man. Since he is no longer in the box, he then would be called “gay”, “female”, and “loser” by his surroundings. We all know that these terms are insulting and diminishing.
I think that’s why a lot of men are having a difficult time obeying to his female boss.

Here’s an interesting article on the “man box”:

To me it doesn't matter who my boss is because at the end of the day if they're a good boss and treats me like a proper human, I don't care what gender they are.

Hi Jander 18,

You bring to light many concerns that are often just tossed under the carpet. I like that you bring up the idea of men not taking women seriously as bosses. I agree with your viewpoint that this is still an issue in this day and time and even though society has progressed forward not everyone has been able to progress along. At the end of the day gender shouldn't play a role in how seriously someone takes their boss. I believe no matter the gender, appearance, race, etc. all should be treated equally as bosses and employs. Here is an article you may find interesting that can give some more ideas and insights on this topic

Hope this may help answer any questions you have!

Hey there!

I really enjoyed your article, and it stood out to me as a topic of choice due to the current dilemma over Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. I think you are very insightful in this post, and especially in the points you raise about women in the workplace.

To me, I fully believe that this continues to be an issue in the workplace environment in contemporary society. However, in my opinion there is definitely a movement towards gender equality, and we see many many more women in authoritative positions in private and public sectors. So my question is to you, do you think it is as big of a problem now, as it used to be?

Personally, I completely think that Clinton not becoming president has lots to do with her sex, but on the bright side I think it's phenomenal in the sense of raising awareness that she was able to win the democratic nomination. There is still lots of work to do in regard to gender equality, but I do believe in contemporary society we are working towards addressing social issues such as this and making the world a safer, easier, and better place to live in.

Let me know what you think, and I'd love to hear your opinion.


Thanks for the post ! You make reference to a very prominent issue in society. In your article, you state that you believe men have a difficult time taking orders from women mainly because of their very different personality traits. You state that due to the fact that women are more compassionate and understanding than men (who are more direct and dominant by nature), this is what results in men having a harder time with the idea of a woman being in charge. While I completely agree with your point, I also believe that this way of thinking is a direct result of the social construct, or how society creates categories in order to make make sense of the world, known as “the Man Box”. This box essentially serves as a “checklist” and includes traits of what a real man should look and act like. A few points present in “The Man Box” are dominance, demonstration of power and control (especially over women) as well as the ability to make decisions on their own, without any help from others. The problem with this is that it defines the social construct of male gender and leads men to believe that they are seen as less of a man for acting anything other than what’s written in “The Man Box”. They fear that not conforming to the traits of the box will lead to negative consequences, such as being called derogatory names, being bullied or in more severe cases, being physically harmed. Taking orders from someone else, especially another woman, puts their masculinity into question and makes men feel less important. I think this box is also a reason why men tend to have a hard time obeying their female colleagues or bosses.

I’ve attached below an interesting article relevant to this issue.

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