"Is something is amiss in the professional sisterhood?"
The term "queen bee syndrome" was coined in the 1970s, following a study led by researchers at the University of Michigan...who examined promotion rates and the impact of the women's movement on the workplace.
...the patriarchal culture of work encouraged the few women who rose to the top to become obsessed with maintaining their authority.
...They found that women who achieved success in male-dominated environments were at times likely to oppose the rise of other women.
Four decades later, the syndrome still thrives... The very women who have complained for decades about unequal treatment now perpetuate many of the same problems by turning on their own.
...female bullies directed their hostilities toward other women 80% of the time—up 9% since 2007.
In 2010, the Workplace Bullying Institute, a national education and advocacy group, reported that female bullies directed their hostilities toward other women 80% of the time—up 9% since 2007.
Male bullies, by contrast, were generally equal-opportunity tormentors.