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West Florissant, Mo. Explodes in Protest of Police Shooting, More Than 30 Arrests

West Florissant, Mo. Explodes in Protest of Police Shooting, More Than 30 Arrests

Special to the NNPA from the St. Louis American

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Voter Suppression: An Existential Threat to Democracy

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Written by Peter Grear

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Perceptions of Dominance Depend on Leaders’ Race and Gender

Written by Duke News on 26 January 2012.

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DURHAM, N.C. -- A significant body of research has shown that white female leaders are viewed negatively when they display assertiveness, dominance or anger. But do black female leaders suffer the same consequences for similar behavior?

 

New research from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University shows black female leaders face less of a backlash for dominant behavior than their white female or black male counterparts. The study is scheduled to be published in the March issue of the journal Psychological Science.

“Research on stereotypes has shown that white women and black men are viewed as being docile, warm and communal, both descriptively -- how they are -- and prescriptively -- how they should be,” said Kellogg School professor Robert Livingston.

But Livingston said this is not the case for black women. “Our data indicate docility is not prescribed for them because they don’t represent the same level of threat as black men nor do they activate the same level of ‘surprise’ as white women who behave assertively.”

The researchers surveyed 84 non-black participants from a nationally representative online pool and provided the subjects with a photograph and description of a fictitious senior vice president for a Fortune 500 company. Participants were asked a series of questions based on scenarios describing a meeting between the leader and a subordinate employee.

In some scenarios, the leader communicated dominance and anger by demanding action and displaying assertiveness; in other scenarios, the leader communicated sadness and disappointment and was described as more encouraging and compassionate.

The results showed dominant behavior led to more negative evaluations of black male and white female leaders.

However, dominant behavior did not produce more negative evaluations of white male or black female leaders. In fact, black women -- similar to white male leaders -- didn’t suffer any penalty for exhibiting dominant behavior instead of more encouraging behavior.

“Our findings challenge many of the assumptions in previous research, which has presumed that because of the negative perceptions of both her race and gender, a dominant black woman leader would be subject to a sort of ‘double jeopardy,’ ” Fuqua professor Ashleigh Shelby Rosette said. “The intersection of race and gender may place dominant black women in a unique position that buffers them from some of the racial prejudices aimed at black male leaders and the gender biases directed toward white female leaders.”

The researchers, along with Kellogg Ph.D. student Ella Washington, are quick to point out that although black women do not suffer penalties for dominant behavior, they may suffer in other ways because they are two degrees removed from the white male leader stereotype.

“Even though black women can behave assertively once they are already in leadership positions, it doesn’t mean they are more likely to obtain those positions in the first place,” Livingston said. “The fact that there has only been one black female CEO in the Fortune 500 is clearly indicative of that.”

When published, the research results will be available online athttp://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/publications/journals/psychological_science.

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