Freelance writer Samantha Brick caused a stir with her recent Daily Mail article where she explained that being beautiful has been a setback for her in life because other women are threatened by her beauty.Brick’s claims bring up a bigger point, which is that as women have become more prominent players in the workplace, competition between females has become fiercer. Ruchika Tulshyan at Forbes reports that this aggressiveness has led to the rise of “woman-on-woman” harassment.
Tulshyan wrote that “girls are taught to be critical about each other from adolescence, and it’s particularly vicious among working women; from playing favourites to badmouthing colleagues.”
In fact, three out of four women victims are bullied by their female peers, according to a survey by the Workplace Bullying Institute,
Barbara Greenberg at the Huffington Post suggested that women single out other women to bully because they’re “so frightened of being imperfect in their multiple roles as wife, partner, mother, daughter and worker” that they take it out on women who they perceive are better multi-taskers.
For women who have been victims of bullying in the workplace, Gary Namie, co-founder of the Workplace Bullying Institute, told Tulshyan at Forbes that they should report the incident to their superiors as a business problem. For example, tell your manager that the bullying is affecting your productivity instead of how “emotionally traumatized you are” from it.
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