Bullying statistics shows that bullying is on the rise and that includes women against women bullying. Workplace Bullying Institute found that at least 40 percent of bullies are women. In addition, women choose other women to bully at least 70 percent of the time. Women often reveal that it is women more often than men who mistreat them at work. One woman in the New York Times reveals that she was mistreated so many times in the workplace that she left her corporate job and started her own business.
After breaking the glass ceiling, one woman explained being sabotaged by her fellow females. The study found that women often choose other women to bully because they are less likely to meet aggression with aggression. Most women are reluctant to say anything because they are concerned about making matters worse. Canadian researchers found that women obstruct their female co-workers because they feel that helping other women may jeopardize their own position.
The behavior of the women can resemble the mean girl behavior demonstrated by some in high school. Physical altercations have been reported in the study. One accountant reported being pushed during an argument by a female co-worker. She related the scene to “like being back in high school.” Sarah Jessica Parker, the actress who played Carry in the television show Sex in the City spoke of the “random cruelty, especially the mean girl culture that women have against women” that is displayed in the media today. Her show displayed four female friends who cared and supported each other. The opposite of what young people see in the present pop culture.
Bullying is said to be common in the following professions including; academics, technology, medicine, nursing and in all areas of business. The bully is not just the big boy on the school playground. Now the bully is often the female in the business suit in the office or cubicle next to yours. Keep in mind bullying is any authority figure that uses intimidation. Bullying does not end when you leave school you may experience bullying throughout your entire life.
What can you do if you are a female and you are bullied by your female boss or co-worker?
Report the harassment. The law defines sex-based harassment as hostile behavior targeted at employees of one sex. The court’s ruling means that even a woman who only bullies other women can be charged with sexual harassment.