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Women aren't reaching the boardroom because they 'can't handle stress' as well as men, claims new research

Women may hit the glass ceiling because they don’t cope with stress as well as men, according to new research

Risky situations send anxiety levels soaring in females - but are water off a duck’s back among their male counterparts, the study claims.

While it may seem these findings could help explain why women are said to still face a glass ceiling in the office in spite of legislation outlawing discrimination on the basis of gender, they are disputed by other psychologists.

Sociologist Susan Fisk, a doctoral candidate at Stanford University in California, who conducted the research said: 'My findings have troublesome implications for women’s ability to achieve equality in the workplace.

'People frequently encounter high-risk, high-reward situations in workplaces and if women avoid these situations or perform more poorly in them because they are more anxious they will reap fewer rewards than otherwise similar men

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