Saturday August 19, 2017

Can a woman be a boss without being labelled a bitch?

Jen Agg is the successful restaurateur behind Toronto's Black Hoof and Montreal's Agrikol.

Jen Agg is the successful restaurateur behind Toronto's Black Hoof and Montreal's Agrikol. (CBC)

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'Elephant in the Room' is a recurring segment where co-hosts Martine and Isabelle take on topics some people may be thinking about but not talking about.


Whether it's Hillary Clinton and Angela Merkel, or any woman in a leadership role, being a female boss often comes with one label: bitch.

A recent article in The Atlantic titled "Why Women Bully Each Other" dedicated over 6,000 words to the caricature of the harsh and bitchy boss, pointing out a 2014 UCLA study that found that women – even more than men – preferred male bosses over female ones. 

Why? As some participants described it, female bosses are "catty" and "bitchy."

In this week's "Elephant in the Room," Martine and Isabelle ask the question: Can a woman be a boss without being labelled a bitch?

Jen Agg, author of the memoir I Hear She's a Real Bitch and the successful restaurant owner behind Toronto's Black Hoof and Montreal's Agrikol, joins the discussion.

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