Masculinity, status, and subordination: Working for a gender atypical supervisor causes men to lose status

V. Brescoll, E. L. UHLMANN, C. Moss-Racusin, L. Sarnell

Journal of Experimental Social Psychology

January 2012, vol. 48, n°1, pp.354-357

Departments: Management & Human Resources

Keywords: Status, Masculinity, Gender stereotyping, Organisation, Discrimination

Occupying gender stereotype-incongruent roles can lead individuals to lose status and earn a lower salary. The present research examined whether merely working for a supervisor in a gender-atypical occupational role leads a subordinate to lose status. Two studies found that male subordinates of gender deviants (i.e., a female supervisor in a masculine domain or a male supervisor in a feminine domain) were accorded lower status and were paid less than male subordinates of supervisors in gender-congruent roles (i.e., a female supervisor in a feminine domain or a male supervisor in a masculine domain). However, the status of female subordinates was unaffected by working for a gender atypical supervisor. Moreover, the status loss for male subordinates was mediated by a perceived lack of masculinity. Thus, establishing the male subordinate's masculine credentials eliminated the bias