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How Women Can Be Assertive (Yet Lovable!)

The Careerist a Blog
June 12, 2016

"Women get punished for behaving the way men do," says Ellen Ostrow, a psychologist and career coach who specializes in female lawyers. And that, she adds, is even true for women who are expected to be tough and contentious on the job, such as trial lawyers. It might be fine for women to be aggressive in court, but when it comes to internal firm politics, women have less latitude. "Women litigators who are aggressive [in the office] will tend to be labeled bitchy," says Ostrow.

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