A woman's worst workplace enemy? Another woman.
According to Psychology Today - women, it is widely felt, hold other women back.
The author admits there is not data to prove this theory. Women do however perceive other women as holding them back - this according to survey findings. This belief may be powerful in and of itself.
"Women blocking other women is a dangerous perception. It reinforces some inchoate portrait of the woman executive as insecure *****, easily threatened, overly emotional, less able to focus on achievement because she is preoccupied with squelching younger talent. In this scenario, female managers are all hard-edged Bette Davises, eye out for the rest of us incipient Eve Harringtons, turning the workplace for women into one hell of a bumpy ride."