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Publication Date

Fall 2013

Degree Type

Thesis - Campus Access Only

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)




Arlene Asuncion

Subject Areas

Social psychology; Gender studies


Previous research about gender biasing in the workplace provides a

framework for examining how women may be negatively evaluated in

leadership roles. It is thought that gender biasing may be the result of

violations of gender roles. Previous research also suggests that biasing

is also due to violations in the social hierarchy. This study examines how

social dominance influences competency and likability ratings for men

and women in leadership roles who violate gender stereotypes when

working in either hierarchy-enhancing or hierarchy-attenuating jobs. The

results indicate that leaders who exhibited stereotypical male

characteristics were rated as more competent and leaders that exhibited

stereotypical female characteristics were rated more likable.