MADE Magazine Spring 2019 May 2019 - Page 16

Queen Bee Syndrome MADEXXX Attract the Honey, Avoid the Sting MADE BY N. C. MORRISSETTE Have you ever been stung by a bee? I have. I was young – in elementary school. It was a hot summer day and I was asleep in the backseat of my dad’s car after a long, laborious school day of read- ing, recess, and ‘rithmetic. I remember being startled out of my sleep after feeling a violent flutter on my back followed by an extremely sharp piercing of my skin that made me shiver all the way down to my bones. I moved frantically, shaking my shirt to get rid of the culprit, as I screamed and my eyes began to water. My dad pulled over to tend to my wound and shaken state. The worst of it - the actual act of being stung - seemed to be over after a few moments, but I felt the residual effects of it for quite some time. A swollen, red bump on my back, a nauseous feeling, cold sweat, and a headache from the shock and stress of my devastating, albeit dramatic, reaction. I still experience a bit of apprehension every time I hear the buzzing sound of a bee. jacket but a much bigger force: Enter the Queen Bee. What is Queen Bee Syndrome? The Queen Bee Syndrome is a thoroughly analyzed phenomenon which describes a woman in a position of authority who views or treats subordinates more critically if they are female. It could also be a woman who has succeeded in her career but refuses to help other women do the same. First coined by G.L. Staines, T.E. Jayaratne, and C. Travis in 1973, the Queen Bee, not to be confused with rapper Lil’ Kim (we’ll I’ve experienced both that sting and residual feeling many times over in my professional life, and apparently so have many other women in the corpo- rate world. The culprit in this scenario is not a yellow | 16