A man who gets angry at work may well be admired for it, but a woman who shows anger in the workplace is liable to be seen as “out of control” and incompetent, says a new study presented on Friday.
The finding may have implications for Hillary Clinton, according to its author Victoria Brescoll, a post-doctoral scholar at Yale University. Her research paper “When Can Angry Women Get Ahead?” noted that Clinton was described last year by a leading Republican as “too angry to be elected president.”
“For a professional woman, anger may lead to a decrease rather than an increase in her status,” Brescoll wrote.
She conducted three tests in which men and women recruited randomly watched videos of a job interview and were asked to rate the applicant's status and assign them a salary.
In the first, the scripts were identical except where the candidate described feeling either angry or sad about losing an account. Participants conferred the most status on the man who said he was angry, the second-most on the woman who said she was sad, slightly less on the man who said he was sad, and least of all on the woman who said she was angry.