Apparently if you are a woman and you would like to be taken seriously in the workplace, one of the best things you can do is to dye your hair blonde. There is some racial bias involved with this. Most people that are blonde are also white, which is a bigger influence on hiring than hair color itself. It also acts as a defense mechanism, that softens the blow of tough leadership by showing subordinates that it is coming from someone that has typically been picked on in american society, such as dumb blonde jokes.
- 1Evidence suggests that blonde women are more likely to rise to positions of power: more than a third of female senators and 48% of female CEOs are blondes.
- 2Every effective leader needs to be authoritative, and it turns out that women in leadership positions who behave that way can blunt some criticism against them by sporting blonde hair.
- 3If these stereotypes ever go away it certainly won’t be in the near future, so smart women who want to be respected as leaders often choose to dye their hair blonde.
More than a third of female senators–35 percent–are blonde. And though the sample size for female CEOs of S&P 500 companies is admittedly small, 48 percent–nearly half–are blonde.