Being a woman in the workplace of a male dominated field can be very difficult. Some women feel that there are only so many places for a woman to advance so they begin to target other women in their workplace. This is know as a Zero-Sum Game. This is a difficult subject to bring to light because some believe that it perpetuates stereotypes about women in the workplace.
- When you’re a woman in a male-dominated workplace, you wouldn’t expect that your biggest enemy would be another woman.
- If you don’t really see many women leaders at the top, this can sometimes lead to in-group competition, especially if you’re in an already highly competitive workplace.
- Women can sometimes subconsciously think that there are only so many seats at the table for their gender, so therefore one woman’s success has to be at the expense of another woman’s.
“When you’re a woman in a male-dominated workplace, you wouldn’t expect that your biggest enemy would be another woman.”