In the piece, Chen mentions the results of a recent study by the American Bar Association that found that a majority of female attorneys under age 40 prefer a male boss. She contrasts that sentiment with the growing movement among female attorneys to band together in order to create more opportunities for women within the male-dominated legal profession.
Women expect, in other words, that men will be hierarchical and demanding, but see those same tendencies in their female bosses as a personal betrayal.
But some see the discussion as inherently sexist. Lauren Rikleen, an author who has written about women's issues in the workplace, says that "[i]t's a very dismissive notion."
After all, says Rikleen, "[t]here's no counterpart to the term 'catfight' when men compete against each other for client credit."