New Research Shows the Role of Mentorship Between Women in the Workplace {Huffington Post}

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New Research Shows the Role of Mentorship Between Women in the Workplace

We’ve seen her depicted time and time again — Miranda Priestly in “The Devil Wears Prada,” Katharine Parker in “Working Girl,” Amanda Woodward on “Melrose Place” — the boss lady who clawed her way to the top and is always ready to undermine other women trying to do the same.

In 1973 this woman even got her own name courtesy of researchers G.L. Staines, T.E. Jayaratne, and C. Tavris — the Queen Bee. But there’s a new study out that suggests that the Queen Bee archetype is far less ubiquitous than the press and the entertainment industry would have you believe.

The research, conducted by Catalyst, a non-profit organization that focuses on expanding opportunities for women in the workplace, found that most women aren’t in fact looking at their female subordinates as competition to be cut down. Rather, they view less experienced female coworkers as potential talent and are actually more likely than men to develop that talent through informal or formal mentorship.

“We were looking at the extent to which people are paying it forward,” Christine Silva, the lead researcher on the study, told The Huffington Post. “Are people [mentoring and developing] the next generation of people behind them?”

The answer seems to be yes.

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