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Women: crippled by ethics

In her new book “Lean In,” Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg argues that the dearth of women in upper management happens partly because women aren’t as assertive as men. But she may be overlooking another pesky personality quirk constraining women: ethics. According to a new study, one reason women don’t pursue careers in business is that they’re more averse than men to the ethical compromises associated with business. When presented with job situations that involved ethical compromises, women reported stronger negative reactions than men. Women also more strongly associated business words with immorality.

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