Leah Sheppard

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science




Dr. Joan Finegan


Past research has indicated that women discriminate against attractive female

applicants during selection procedures. The current study tested two hypotheses postulating: 1) that this discrimination occurs during promotion procedures; and 2) that this occurs due to perceived competition. Male and female undergraduate students were asked to rate the suitability of an attractive or unattractive female target for a promotion, either in the context of their own workplaces or outside of their own workplaces. They also rated how likeable they perceived the target to be. Generally, the results indicated that attractive targets received higher ratings of likeability, but this did not consistently relate to perceptions of higher qualification or stronger recommendations for promotion. Implications and suggestions for future research are discussed



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