Women on a Glass Cliff

A study that came to us through the Israel Feminist Forum reveals that successful companies chose male candidates for executive positions, while “businesses that were in trouble chose women.” A teartl at England’s Exeter University discovered that “women were offered senior posts because they were better at handling business crises. This led to women being given more difficult jobs with a higher chance of failure. “Lead investigator on the study was professor of psychology and editor of the European journal of Social Psychology Alex Haslam, who reported the findings to the British Association for the Advancement of Science, saying “We’ve found evidence of this in every company we have looked at. If a company is doing well, then the ‘jobs for the boys’ rules apply. But if it is in trouble, no man wants to give a job to their friends, so the answer is to get in a woman.”