As a young girl, high school can be the best time of your life, or the worst. Teenage girls can be mean, backstabbing, and downright cruel to get what they want. Now psychiatrist, Peggy Drexler, is saying that this behavior often continues into the workforce. She states that the women who are in high powered positions often treat their teammates poorly to maintain their position of power. It is high school all over again. However, this does not only apply to high-powered women; it goes for all women, in general, in the workforce.
Drexler argues that women tend to form a type of sisterhood with their teammates and create a supportive and loving environment to work. This however does not ring true. Women are no more likely to form a group than men would. This argument does not show the different stresses and tensions that come along with women in the workplace and how it can be just like high school with cliques and groups.
According to commentator Hannah Kapp-Klote, when these types of views are expressed, it sets women back in the workforce. It makes it seem as if women feel that this is a big sorority where they can love and support each other through everything. Views like this are the reason that women are still paid less than their male counterparts, and sometimes are not considered for high power positions., says Kapp-Klote.
According to Kapp-Klote , office politics go far beyond cliques. Women are driven, and when they get a good job, they want to make sure that they will keep it, as more and more women are suffering through job loss and entering poverty. So those who have a high power career will do what they can to make sure they keep that job, even if it means getting a little mean sometimes.