Why woman-led organizations aren’t always woman-friendly

The Times story found many complaints at female-centric companies like Avon and at Mehri & Skalet, described as “a progressive law firm suing Walmart for pregnancy discrimination.” There’s a delusion that companies that cater to women or law firms that fight for women’s rights couldn’t also be engaging in anti-woman behavior. But that notion is a fallacy.

One ex-employee of the Center for Reproductive Rights spoke to me anonymously and described a culture of bullying and dismissiveness of female employees, by female bosses, at the organization.

We are told this kind of thing happens often in workplaces with men at the helm. That the same toxic atmosphere exists in women-centric workplaces shouldn’t be surprising — but it is.