Internalized Sexism as a Predictor of the Queen Bee Phenomenon and the Moderating Role of Competitiveness

Nupur Singh, Nidhi Prakash


While the body of work on women in leadership continues to expand, an area that remains relatively unexplored is the Queen Bee phenomenon. The present study shed light on this phenomenon with a focus on two major objectives. Firstly, Internalized Sexism as a predictor of the QB Phenomenon was studied. Secondly, the moderating role of competitiveness on the relationship between QB Phenomenon and Internalized Sexism was also examined. Using the purposive sampling technique, 76 women within the age range of 33 to 50 years, working in private sectors organizations and leading a team of 10 to 20 employees, were included in the sample. Data were collected using several indicators of the QB phenomenon (Derks, Laar, Ellemers, & de Groot, 2011), the Internalized Misogyny Scale (Piggott, 2004), and the Revised Competitiveness Index Scale (Houston, Harris, McIntire & Francis, 2002), and were subjected to quantitative analysis. Linear regression indicated that Internalized Sexism positively predicted the QB phenomenon. Moderation analysis revealed that Competitiveness moderated the relationship between QB phenomenon and Internalized Sexism. Important implications were discussed in the context of observed findings.

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