We are famous and successful, and the no-good-folks cannot handle that!
Following are the top 10 categories that successful women are mapped against by, do I need to say it, fools!
1. She is a heartless Ice Queen
Meryl Streep, playing Miranda Priestly in blockbuster “The Devil Wears Prada,” was the personification of the cold, emotionless, harsh woman in power.
2. Too Emotional
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was derided for tears on the campaign trail, and the media further fueled the stereotype of women being “too emotional.”
3. Always Single and Lonely
US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has never married, and unlike powerful bachelors, unmarried female leaders are often stereotyped as no-life cat ladies who couldn’t get a man.
4. Way too Tough
Glenn Close plays a hardened, mean boss in “Damages,” feeding the stereotype that powerful women are “tough” and uncaring.
5. Too Masculine to be a Woman
IMF Chief Christine Lagarde told Forbes that she hated the stereotype that powerful women needed to look like a “businessman.” (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
6. So Angry!
U.S. First lady Michelle Obama suffered criticism that she came across as angry, a common negative stereotype about female leaders. While a man’s anger is considered a strength, in women it is viewed as overly aggressive. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
7. Always Scheming-Conniving!
As character Wilhelmina Slater in “Ugly Betty,” Vanessa Williams plays a manipulative, conniving boss, fanning the stereotype that a powerful woman has schemed or slept her way to the top.
8. A Not-to-be-taken-seriously Cheerleader
Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin has been accused of being a “cheerleader” rather than a strong, serious leader, a common stereotype of ladder-climbing women.
9. A Token
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was often the only woman in the room, and when powerful women are in the minority, they are often dismissed as a “token” of diversity rather than receiving credit for their merits.
10. Weaker Gender
Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla told Forbes that the stereotype about powerful women that’s most pervasive is that they are weaker than their male counterparts.