Warm or Competent?

Age may have some advantages, wrote Liza Mundy in an article in the Sunday, July 5, 2015, issue of The Dallas Morning News.

Feminist scholars have found that women seen as displaying traditionally feminine traits are viewed as warm but not competent. However, women who deviate from traditional femininity—like working women—are seen as competent but not warm.

However, today role models like Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren, may be starting to change these stereotypes, and they may be able to acclimate people to “the idea that women, like men, can be both competent and warm,” Mundy says.

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