Women aren’t always better bosses
New York Post
If only women could escape from working for bullying, sexist male bosses, they could enter “feminist utopia.” That, said Karol Markowicz, is a fallacy that is now being exploded. Last week, two news organizations reported that Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat who is running for president, is known as a verbally abusive, demeaning boss whose demands have created the highest staff turnover rate in the Senate. She’s hardly unique. Many women-centric organizations such as Planned Parenthood, The New York Times recently reported, have earned terrible reputations as places to work, with female bosses even discriminating against pregnant employees. Women who work at the Center for Reproductive Rights have told me their female bosses foster “a culture of bullying” workers; online reviews say the organization has a “toxic” atmosphere. Feminists often assume women bosses, “by the virtue of their gender, to be better than men”—especially in their treatment of other women. But the reality is that there are “good women and bad women,” and some women will turn out to be “liars, horrible bosses, inept managers, and disappointing political leaders.” Expecting half the population to be “saint-like” creates an “unattainable standard” and does women no service.