Women With Top Jobs Often Face Depression, An Effect Of Workplace Adversity

November 20, 2014 5:10 AM

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Women With Top Jobs Often Face Depression, An Effect Of Workplace Adversity

Far too many people have looked at that Hollaback catcalling video and dismissed it on the grounds that women should be standing up for themselves — or some other argument that blames everyone but the man making the decision to objectify her. The fact of the matter is that women still aren’t on the same level as men in many aspects of life, and this includes getting mutual respect when walking down the street. They’re still getting paid less than men per dollar, according to more than one measure. All this adversity is hard to handle, even for those who can persevere, a new study finds. Women who held authoritative positions were likely to show signs of depression.

“Women with job authority — the ability to hire, fire, and influence pay — have significantly more symptoms of depression than women without this power,” said lead author Tetyana Pudrovska, assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Texas in Austin, in a press release. “...

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