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Women are more competent than men but less ambitious: study shows.

Women are finally viewed as more competent — but they’re no better off for it in the workplace, a new study has found.

Over the course of the last seven decades, perceptions of male and female ability have shifted dramatically. Women are seen as just as capable as men, if not more so, the analysis found.

But they’re still viewed as less ambitious, which is hindering them from breaking the glass ceiling, according to the analysis, published this week in the journal American Psychologist.

In fact, they’re still seen as “emotional,” a cringe-worthy stereotype that’s plagued women in the workplace for decades.

This was the first study to look at the way peoples’ views of gender roles have changed over a long period of time using representative samples. Researchers from Northwestern University analyzed 16 national opinion polls with more than 30,000 respondents over the past 73 years.

The polls asked people’s opinions on three traits in both men and women: The first was competence — or how intelligent, organized and creative a person is. The second was how affectionate, compassionate or emotional they are. Lastly, they looked at agency, or how ambitious, aggressive or decisive a person is.

As of last year, nearly 90% of respondents (comprising both men and women, by the way) said that men and women are equally intelligent, with 9% saying that women are actually even more intelligent.

This is a big change since 1946, the date of the first poll, says the study’s lead author, Alice Eagly, in a statement.

“Stereotypes have changed, but increasingly toward portraying women as more compassionate, affectionate and sensitive than men,” says Eagly, a professor of psychology at Northwestern’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences.

“Men are still viewed as more ambitious, aggressive and decisive than women, and that agency stereotype has not substantially changed since the 1940s,” Eagly adds.

Eagly thinks the reason for this may be that women are still concentrated in jobs where compassion and emotion are valuable assets, such as social work or teaching. But, she adds, those aren’t necessarily the jobs that pay the big bucks.

“Most leadership roles” require qualities like ambition or aggressiveness, Eagly says, which means women are at “a disadvantage in relation to leadership.”


Henry Sapiecha

World Cup champs’ real win: inspiring a generation of girls

Congratulations & top marks to the US Women’s National Team for scoring their second straight World Cup with Sunday’s 2-0 win over the Netherlands.

They embody excellence not just as global champs, but as one of the top teams ever.

Co-captain Megan Rapinoe was the clear star all tournament long, the top scorer and rightful winner of the Golden Ball award for best player. That she nailed what proved to be the winning score, her sixth goal of the tourney, is just yummy icing on an extremely sweet cake.

Here’s hoping the USWNT can score one more win, in their suit against the US Soccer Federation for pay equal to the men’s team. It’s now hard to see why the women don’t earn more: They’re not only markedly more successful, they also bring in more revenue.

In any case, Mayor Bill de Blasio was clearly right to invite America’s newest champions to a ticker-tape parade on Wednesday, the city’s first such celebration since the one for the 2015 USWNT.

That was the city’s first ticker-tape honor for a women’s team. Perhaps the most important legacy of this team is that they’ve surely inspired countless girls to pursue athletic excellence themselves — and make women’s team marches a regular future Canyon of Heroes feature.


Henry Sapiecha