Are Black Women Expected To Be Pushier At Work?

Claire Gordon

A white man who runs a company forcefully, with no sugar-coating or hand-holding, is considered a great leader. But when women and black men do the same, several studies have shown, people don't like them very much. So one might imagine that black women might face a double backlash if they aggressively take charge.

But the opposite is true, according to a new study published in the journal Psychological Science and reported by Science Daily. Black women are liked just as much as white men when they're dominant, decisive and talk real talk.

In the study, participants were given a scenario in which an imaginary Fortune 500 executive meets with an underperforming subordinate.