They won’t listen to me: Anticipated power and women’s disinterest in male-dominated domains

TitleThey won’t listen to me: Anticipated power and women’s disinterest in male-dominated domains
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsChen, JM, Moons, WG
JournalGroup Processes & Intergroup Relations
Date Published2015
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number13684302
Keywordsbusiness , Diversity , gender , interest , power , Questionnaires , SOCIAL , STEM , UNDERGRADUATES , Women
AbstractWe hypothesized that women avoid male-dominated domains because they anticipate lacking the power to influence others in those contexts. In Study 1, a questionnaire study, male undergraduates were more interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors than were female undergraduates, and this gender disparity was mediated by women anticipating having less power in STEM fields than men did. Study 2 experimentally demonstrated that a lack of female representation within an academic context (MBA program) led women to infer that they would lack power in that context. Consequently, they became less interested in the program and in business schools in general. Our findings indicate that expecting low interpersonal power is an important mechanism by which women lose interest in pursuing male-dominated fields. [ABSTRACT FROM PUBLISHER]Copyright of Group Processes & Intergroup Relations is the property of Sage Publications, Ltd. and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)
NotesChen, Jacqueline M. 1 Moons, Wesley G. 2; Affiliation: 1: University of California, Irvine, USA 2: University of California, Davis, USA; Source Info: Jan2015, Vol. 18 Issue 1, p116; Subject Term: INTEREST (Psychology); Subject Term: WOMEN -- Psychology; Subject Term: SOCIAL context; Subject Term: QUESTIONNAIRES; Subject Term: UNDERGRADUATES; Subject Term: BUSINESS -- Research; Author-Supplied Keyword: business; Author-Supplied Keyword: diversity; Author-Supplied Keyword: gender; Author-Supplied Keyword: power; Author-Supplied Keyword: STEM; NAICS/Industry Codes: 541720 Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities; Number of Pages: 13p; Document Type: Article; Full Text Word Count: 6449