Do People Prefer Male or Female Bosses? Viva Editions Author BJ Gallagher Speaks on the Recent Poll

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BJ Gallagher, sociologist and author of It's Never Too Late to Be What You Might Have Been, comments on the recent poll done by Gallup on whether people prefer to work under men or women.

It's Never Too Late to Be What You Might Have Been

The Gallup organization recently ran a poll that asked whether Americans prefer a male boss or a female boss. BJ Gallagher, author of the bestselling Viva Editions book It's Never Too Late to Be What You Might Have Been, was featured on CNN in response to the results. According to the poll, 35% of people would choose to work for a male boss, while 23% would prefer to work for a female boss. When the poll first ran in 1953, the numbers were 66% preferred males bosses, and only 5% preferred female bosses.

In response, BJ Gallagher said, "I think it's great to see that trend, so I'm very encouraged by it, but I'm not surprised that it's still a 2-to-1 ratio of people preferring to work for men than women." She goes on to explain some of the reasons people prefer male bosses, like ingrained stereotypes such as that women may not be good bosses. "So the same tone of voice, the same words, the same body language, the same everything gets filtered through our stereotypes and assumptions about how various groups should behave," she said.

BJ Gallagher was also interviewed on NPR's "Air Talk" yesterday about the poll and the benefits of a diverse workforce.

It's Never Too Late to Be What You Might Have Been
By BJ Gallagher

The title of this book says it all: It's Never Too Late to Be What You Might Have Been. Inspired by George Eliot's famous quote, BJ Gallagher has written a simple, straightforward, and effective guide to getting the life you've always wanted. This book is also available as an audiobook. A new edition will be coming out early next year.

What people are saying about It's Never Too Late to Be What You Might Have Been:
"As I read It's Never Too Late To Be What You Might Have Been, I found myself smiling and nodding in agreement as I read, because I identify with so many of the great stories of people reinventing themselves. I know from my own personal experience that we can all make powerful, positive changes in our lives—at any age!"
—Mac Anderson, founder of Successories and Simple Truths, author of over two dozen books

"Storytelling. What a lovely thing that is... All of us are walking stories. Sometimes others tell our story for us—as BJ does in this book, unfolding each person's story in a lovely way. We learn from others' stories. They manifest courage, to inspire us. They cry: "Don't give up!" They cry: "See how crooked was the path by which I reached my dreams? Don't despair if yours is not the straight path to your destination...You will get there. See! I did. Because it's never too late.
—Richard Bolles, author of the bestselling What Color is Your Parachute?

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