Slowly but surely, women are climbing the corporate ladder at America's top companies. But there's still a lot of work to do, as evidenced by a just released survey that shows Americans still want a man as their manager.
A new Gallup poll asked more than 1,000 randomly sampled respondents, both men and women: "If you were taking a new job and had your choice of a boss, would you prefer to work for a man or a woman?" 33 percent of respondents said they would prefer having a male boss, while 20 percent would prefer having a female boss. Breaking it down by gender, 25 percent of women said they would prefer a female boss, compared with just 14 percent of men. It might seem slightly depressing, but things have long been this way. In fact, the percent of women and men who'd prefer a female boss has never gone over 30:
But before you give up on your Sheryl Sandberg dreams, there's a silver lining to this data. Employees who currently have a female boss were more likely to say they'd want another one in the future, and younger people were slightly more likely to say they would prefer a woman as their manager.
And for almost half of Americans surveyed, gender makes absolutely no difference when considering a manger at work. 46 percent of respondents said it wouldn't matter to them either way. That's a marked improvement over the past 50 years: In 1953, 66 percent preferred a male boss, 5 percent wanted a female one, and only 25 percent didn't care either way. And in the end, isn't a gender-blind workplace the entire goal here?
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