Nice Girls Get Even

ADVICE GUIDES SAY THAT WOMEN DON'T HAVE TO BE MACHO IN THE WORKPLACE ANYMORE

Your career comes down to chocolate, it seems. "Unless you're Betty Crocker, there shouldn't be home-baked cookies, M&M's, jelly beans or other food on your desk," advised Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office (Warner Business), a hit career guide of a few years back. Equating feeding with nourishing and deriding it as "a stereotypically female attribute," author Lois Frankel, a career coach, advised women to leave their girlishness in the parking lot and arrive for work as gender-neutral adults. She cites such tough-minded women, not girls, as Meg Whitman and Anne Mulcahy, the CEOs, respectively, of eBay and Xerox. Girls,...

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