A 2014 study in The Leadership Quarterly by Christopher Olivola, Dawn Eubanks, and Jeffrey Lovelace suggested male leaders within business, the military and sport shared common facial features. Researchers concluded (male) leaders may be selected in part by how they look.

Women face a sexist reaction, too. The “beauty is beastly effect” applies to female candidates judged physically attractive, who face discrimination applying for jobs in male-dominated sectors, such as construction.

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