Wouldn’t it be great to be the boss of your company? But for women that may be the case. A new study reveals that being boss at their job increased the odds of women showing symptoms of depression. What makes this study even stranger is that the same thing cannot be said for our male counterparts.
"Women with job authority — the ability to hire, fire and influence pay — have significantly more symptoms of depression than women without this power," said lead author Tetyana Pudrovska, an assistant professor in the department of sociology at the University of Texas at Austin, in a news release from the American Sociological Association.
Researchers studied data of more than 1,500 middle-aged women and 1,300 middle-aged men who graduated from high schools in Wisconsin. Their analysis concluded that despite having higher education, higher incomes, better occupations and higher levels of job satisfaction and autonomy than women without job authority, their mental health was worse.
The reason for this is women in authority positions deal with “interpersonal tension, negative social interactions, negative stereotypes, prejudice, social isolation, as well as resistance from subordinates, colleagues and superiors," said Pudrovska.
Men, on the other hand, have less stress because they don't face the same negative stereotypes that women in authority do.
The researchers concluded that study results shows that gender discrimination, hostility and prejudice against women leaders is very present in the current workplace.
What ways do you think could help improve the mental morale of women in leadership roles?