A recent research paper "When Can Angry Women Get Ahead?" explores the disadvantage to women of expressed anger in the workplace. Not bringing an UZI to the office type of psychotic anger, which we all agree is beneficial to no one, but the common outburst, your dismay at poor performance or vocalization of a strong feeling. Men, when given to emotional outbursts, were viewed as passionate, women as bitches and, worse yet, less competent and “out of control”.
On the flip side, however, it is more forgivable for a woman than a man to cry at work. Women, as nurturers, are more easily forgiven this type of release; men forever labled as soft and unstable. Interesting how even something as basic as human emotions and the workplace are divided by sex.
Given that ten years after college graduation, educated women earn almost 30 percent less than men, can you blame us for the occasional cranky?