Pretty Can Hurt Women’s Careers

From The New York Times authored by Maya Salam:

“Beautiful women sail through life with all the advantages in the world, right? That’s what many of us have been conditioned to believe, but of course, it’s not true. And now there’s research to prove it — when it comes to the workplace, at least. According to a recent study, attractive businesswomen are in fact considered less trustworthy, less truthful and more worthy of being fired than other women.

The researchers, out of Washington State University and the University of Colorado Boulder, call this the “femme fatale effect” — femme fatale being a term for a seductive yet manipulative woman. (Think Kathleen Turner in “Body Heat” or Cersei Lannister in “Game of Thrones.”)

“Highly attractive women can be perceived as dangerous,” said Leah Sheppard, an assistant professor at W.S.U. and a lead author of a paper. ‘That matters when we are assessing things like how much we trust them and whether we believe that what they are saying is truthful.’”

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