A satirical look at corporate culture unearths a major problem.
It's tough being a woman in the workplace, even (and perhaps especially) if you're the boss.
Reaching the top of the corporate ladder is a tough journey if you're a woman, with less than 5% of S&P 500 companies being led by female CEOs. To make it to the top, it's hard to know whether you're supposed to sit back, "lean in," speak up, or sit out — the world is filled with mixed messages for women in business. Women who do make it to the top face bias when it comes to things like pay and perception. Studies have found that while men in leadership positions are often viewed as "assertive," women with similar traits are "bitchy" or "shrill" or unlikeable.
This conundrum has spawned an entire industry dedicated to telling women what they're doing wrong and how they can subvert corporate culture.