Chapter 2 Reading – Tulane study regarding flirtatious women getting fewer raises and promotions

September 9, 2009

This study is an interesting counterpoint to some of the views expressed by the women interviewed for the Wall Street Journal article. Together these articles seem to indicate that while some women may view this flirtatious activity as helpful to their careers, it may in fact be hurting their ability to advance.  Interestingly, one factor not addressed in the study is the age of the women engaging and not engaging in these activities. The Wall Street Journal article indicates that it is the younger generation of women who are more likely to engage in these activities as opposed to the previous generation who tend to be more conservative. It would therefore be interesting to see if that viewpoint held up in a study like the one conducted by Tulane.

I think its also noteworthy that the actions people admitted to in the Tulane study are far more overt than the flirtatious conversation and banter that seemed to be the type of flirtation envisioned by those interviewed for the Wall Street Journal article. I wonder if people were simply more willing to admit to having done these things because of the anonymous nature of the study, as opposed to the direct interview format of the article. Certainly the activities discussed in the Tulane article are far more problematic from a sexual harassment and appropriate workplace behavior standpoint, so it is easy to see why doing these things would hold someone back.

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