By Zoë Ruderman
We could fill a book with all the reasons it's amazing to be a woman (multiple orgasms, anyone?). But having ladyparts is not without its drawbacks. And recently Forbes.com published a fascinating piece on one of those drawbacks: the fact that if you're a successful woman, people often make some pretty offensive assumptions about you.
The writer interviewed 10 of the world's highest-ranking women and asked them to reveal the female-in-power stereotype that bothers them most. We list the five that jumped out at us most below. But we highly recommend you head over to Forbes.com to read the rest and find out more about what these women had to say about the stereotypes.
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Annoyingly Pervasive Stereotype: A woman who shows no emotion and keeps it hyper-professional is icy and unfeminine.
-Halley Bock, CEO of leadership and development training company Fierce
Annoyingly Pervasive Stereotype: The strong perception that powerful women are intimidating to men and will need to sacrifice their personal lives may stop women from going after power.
-Olivia Fox Cabane, Harvard lecturer
Annoyingly Pervasive Stereotype: People assume that a woman with tough standards and a "formidable way" of working is automatically a "tough person".
-Jill Abramson, the first female Executive Editor of The New York Times
Annoyingly Pervasive Stereotype: The most pervasive stereotype is that women are weak, a perception that may stem from women's greater desire to build a consensus."
-Laura Chinchilla, first female President of Costa Rica
Annoyingly Pervasive Stereotype: The idea that a woman can only be successful because she somehow connived or engineered her rise. That she could not rise simply because she was too good to be denied.
-Ann Curry, NBC anchor.
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You can read the other five stereotypes here on Forbes.com.
What stereotypes about successful or powerful women really bother you? The idea that men with an attitude are good leaders, but women with an attitude are bitches?
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