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Beat benevolent sexism by adding women to boards


Bizwomen.com: A University of Georgia researcher is taking on “BS in the boardroom.” A study led by Abbie Griffith Oliver, of UGA’s Terry College of Business, found that female CEOs are more frequently subjected to “benevolent sexism” from their companies’ boards of directors, according to the UGA communications department. “Benevolent sexism” refers to the stereotypically favorable, but potentially patronizing attitudes people have toward women, often treating them as a lower status group the way a parent might treat a child. The study, titled “BS in the Boardroom: Benevolent Sexism and Board Chair Orientations,” was published in Strategic Management Journal. It found that women are 50 percent more likely than their male peers to have collaborative relationships with board chairpersons, rather than relationships that focus more on monitoring CEO performance.

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