Considering the amount of attention being put on the gender wage gap and gender discrimination, you'd think female co-workers would stand up for each other in the workplace. But it turns out the opposite is actually true.
A new study from the University of Arizona found that as women rise in the workplace, they experience more uncivil remarks from co-workers than their male counterparts. But when they asked who was making the uncivil remarks, the researchers found that women make more rude remarks to their female co-workers.
"Across the three studies, we found consistent evidence that women reported higher levels of incivility from other women than their male counterparts," said a professor behind the study. "In other words, women are ruder to each other than they are to men, or than men are to women."
The study also found that women who experience uncivil remarks from other women in the workplace are more likely to be unsatisfied with their jobs and possibly quit, which would cost companies money.
Another interesting note from the study was that women who acted more assertive and dominant in the workplace, which are considered counter to gender norms, were more likely to experience uncivil remarks from their fellow women. However, men who acted less dominant and more warmly, again counter to gender norms, were treated more civilly by other men. So men are rewarded for acting counter to gender norms in the workplace, while women are punished for it.
This actually isn't really new information. Back in the 1970's, a theory called the "Queen Bee Syndrome" was created that said that women in authority often treat their female subordinates more critically than male ones.
(h/t University of Arizona)