In the 1950s, Americans were asked, “If you were taking a new job and had your choice of a boss, would you prefer to work for a man or a woman?”
It’s a question Gallup still asks.
In 1953, two-thirds said they’d prefer a man. In 2014, one-third said they would. So, 61 years and 33 percentage points. Depending on who you ask, that’s either an improvement to be celebrated or a frustrating signal that sexism is still alive and well. Or both.
There are about 9 million women-owned businesses in the U.S., and in the past year, women have started 1,200 new businesses each day, according to the 2014 State of Women-Owned Business Report, which was commissioned by American Express.
However, while women-owned businesses continue to grow, the businesses are relatively small, employing just 6% of the country’s workforce and contributing just under 4% of business revenues. That’s about the same share as in 1997.
It isn’t clear how employees’ preferences on their boss’ gender influence success or failure, but it is clear that there is plenty of room for improvement.
“Women are not growing and scaling as much as they should be,” said Amanda Brown, executive director of the National Women’s Business Council. “It’s no surprise that women would prefer to work for male bosses, when they stick to what they know.”
In the Gallup survey, 39% of women preferred a male boss, 25% preferred a female boss and 34% said it made no difference. Overall, 46% of men and women said it made no difference.
The fact that so many respondents said it made no difference resonated with Jayna Cooke, CEO of events company EVENTup. “That’s probably the response we want to get to,” she said.
Meanwhile, Brown admitted that when she saw the Gallup poll, she wondered if it was a joke, saying that when you continue to ask the same question for sixty years, “you’re continuing to have an outdated conversation.”
“What relevance does this have at this point?” she said, adding that the question itself highlights “that there are still women missing in the equation…women are not in the position of being bosses enough. How do we address that?”
Gallup has a different take.
“Gender issues in the workplace are very important, and we think this provides insights into these issues,” said Frank Newsport, Gallup’s editor in chief. “One reason that we keep this wording in this question is that it provides us the context of long-term trends, which are very important.”
Gallup still asks, for example, if respondents approve or disapprove of marriage between a white person and a black person. While numbers have moved in favor of it over the years, Gallup said it will continue to ask the question until everyone agrees and it is no longer relevant.
Something the pollsters no longer ask?
“What is your favorite radio program to listen to at night?”
Parklands Junior School
Telephone number: 01708 743404
Headteacher: Mrs Julie Wilson
Required as soon as possible.
The Headteacher and Governing Body are looking to appoint a dynamic, innovative and committed Outstanding class teacher to join our large but friendly and inclusive school.
Parklands Junior offers an excellent professional development programme to develop your teaching expertise within a supportive environment. We are a welcoming school with well behaved, enthusiastic pupils, and diverse opportunities for career development. We have high expectations of our pupils and aim high.
The successful applicant will possess inspiring and creative teaching skills and have equally high expectations of our pupils, coupled with a passion for high quality learning. Parklands Junior has a busy and committed school team, and would welcome a teacher with the drive to maintain and improve teaching standards. This is not a role that is suitable for NQTs. A TLR is available for suitably qualified and experienced applicants.
We would welcome visits to the school which can be arranged via our school office. Please contact Mrs Claire Whiffin on 01708 743404.
Please apply online. If you have not been contacted within 3 days of the closing date, your application has been unsuccessful.
Closing date for applications: Tuesday 21st October 2014
Interviews: 22nd and 23rd October 2014
Headteacher: Mrs Julie Wilson
We aim to promote and ensure equality of opportunity and equal treatment for all.
Havering Schools are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and as such expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
The protection of our students from abuse is the responsibility of all staff within our school, superseding any other considerations.
Havering Schools comply with the Department for Education ‘Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education Settings 2007’ guidance and all potential employees will undergo vigorous vetting checks to ensure their suitability.
Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974
This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974; the successful applicant will be expected to undertake a satisfactory disclosure. Having a criminal record will not necessarily debar you from obtaining a position with the Council
How To Apply
To apply online please visit www.haveringschools.jobs
Runnymede Borough Council operates five Independent Retirement Living (IRL) schemes offering supported accommodation for older people in the borough.
We are looking for a caring, motivated and diplomatic individual to develop the service and in doing so, helping to shape the future of the IRL schemes. You will need to display initiative and an understanding of the needs of older people in planning and delivering the service. You will be responsible for maintaining a safe and secure environment within each IRL scheme in order to enable the residents to live independently in their own properties.
You should have considerable experience of working with older people, third party organisations and providing services for older people, together with experience of managing staff and developing services. Your excellent communication skills (verbal and written) will allow you to liaise with a range of people including residents, center clients, relatives, health and social care professionals and other stakeholders in the services on a regular basis. Previous experience of using a computer is essential; however knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel is desirable.
You will be required to participate in the Emergency On-Call Rota for all RBC Independent Retirement Living schemes and will therefore be required to be on call on a rota basis and some overnight and weekends and bank holidays, for which an allowance and overtime is paid. A clean driving license and access to own vehicle is essential.
This post is an exciting and unique opportunity and if you believe that you have the special qualities that we are seeking, we would like to hear from you.
For an informal chat please contact Tony Smith on 01932 425863 or email
Closing date: Monday 3 November 2014
Interviews will be held on Wednesday 12 November 2014
Full information at www.surreyjobs.info where you can apply on-line or download the pack. If this is difficult for you please contact us at Personnel, Runnymede Borough Council, Civic Centre, Station Road, Addlestone, Surrey. KT15 2AH. Email
. Telephone (01932) 425519 (24 hour service).
CVs will not be considered. We welcome applications from all sections of the community.
If you meet the Essential Criteria on our Person Specification, we want to encourage you to apply to work with us whatever your ethnic background, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, or whether you have a disability. If you or anyone you know have decided not to apply or pursue an application because information supplied by us, or contact with us, has suggested that your application would not be welcome, please let us know or, if this is difficult for you, ask someone to do so on your behalf.
Positions with Runnymede Borough Council are available only to applicants who are permitted by law to work in this Country. Applicants from outside the UK will be expected to meet their own interview and relocation travel costs to point of entry in the UK.
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