hillary.jpgThere was an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal on Saturday about how many executive women aren’t scrambling to get on the Hillary Clinton presidential bandwagon. You could see this in many different ways.

First off, it could be a sign that women have so overcome prejudice in the workplace that they have no inclination to help other women because those women don’t really need their help.

Or, you could view it as a bunch of women who are so oppressed by the male-dominated society that they don’t even respect members of their own gender.

Or, you could see this as some sort of corporate conspiracy, where the titans of business, mainly men, are actually keeping their thumbs on women in power, possibly threatening to dethrone them if they allow, or aide a women to get the biggest head-honcho position in our nation.

Or maybe they are Republicans and can’t get behind a Democrat.

Or, it could just be that they don’t like Hillary much.

Hmmm.

No matter what the reason, I think it’s interesting that the biggest business newspaper in the country did this blow out piece on how high-powered women aren’t, for the most part, supporting a woman.

That’s the premise in a nutshell. Well, they do include photos of women that are supporting Hillary’s run…unlikely bedfellows like Billie Jean King and Diane von Furstenberg.

But Hillary’s attempts to get a boat load of women business leaders on board, the article says, is turning out to be a tougher battle than one might expect.

Why would one expect it to be an easy battle?

Well, you would think that after centuries of male rule in the United States, women would be falling all over themselves to finally have one of their own running the show.

That’s what surprises many. That, in fact, it’s not that easy.

This didn’t shock me because I often hear from women in the workplace that they don’t really respect other women in the workplace, especially when those women are their bosses. I’ve also had high-level women tell me they resented having to help other women moving up through the ranks because no one gave them a hand when they were clawing their way up the ladder. (This isn’t true of all the women I’ve interviewed but many do hold this opinion.)

MSNBC did a great a poll along with Elle magazine a while back, and indeed, the results were disturbing. This is an excerpt of a story I did on the study:

While Clinton hopes to smash through the ultimate glass ceiling to become the nation’s first female president, the Work & Power Survey conducted by Elle and MSNBC.com suggests that stereotypes about sex and leadership are alive and well.

While more than half our 60,000 respondents said a person’s sex makes no difference to leadership abilities, most who expressed a preference said men are more likely to be effective leaders.

Of male respondents, 41 percent said men are more likely to be good leaders, and 33 percent of women agreed. And three out of four women who expressed a preference said they would rather work for a man than a woman.

The survey, conducted early this year, found a bonanza of stereotypes among those polled, with many using the optional comment section to label women “moody,” “bitchy,” “gossipy” and “emotional.” The most popular term for woman, used 347 times, was “catty.”

The results were unsettling. But I’m hopeful women and men can see beyond their preconceived notions. The main point is choosing the best leader, in the workplace and in the political world. Right?

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