The Queer Experience Of Lesbian Leaders of Fortune 500 Companies

Some Lesbian women have to hide their sexual orientation in the workplace

Find out about those who made it to the top and aren’t hiding it

Here are some key topics covered from this episode:

  • A brief introduction to Queer Theory
  • How Lesbian Executives have to consider their appearance
  • The surprising research outcome regarding heterosexual women and much more

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Here are some key takeaways from this episode: 

Queer theory challenges heteronormative standards

“It’s useful to think of Queer theory as being critical of fixed, binary or stable notions of gender identity and or sexual orientation”

Lesbian Leaders consider gender a greater barrier than sexual orientation

“the Leaders didn’t find their sexual orientation to be a barrier to their careers, they did however think that their gender identity was a barrier to their career”

 For Lesbian Leaders appearances do matter even when you overperform

“Despite being outstanding performers, who exceeded expectations. Somehow the hairstyle of one of  them came up and the “lifestyle” as a lesbian came up for another”

Here are some resources so you can go deeper: 

Why Inclusion Makes LGBT Employees Want To Leave

Queering Executive Presence

Capitalism, Identity Politics, and Queerness Converge: LGBT Employee Resource Groups

Fortune 500 List of Companies

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