Since women make up over 70 percent of the independent sector’s workforce, nonprofits and foundations have a big stake in understanding what women want.

Social psychologist Theresa Vescio and colleagues recently found that women decidedly don’t want patronizing, paternalistic male managers. In two laboratory experiments, Vescio, Sarah Gervais, and Ann Hoover of Pennsylvania State University and Mark Snyder of the University of Minnesota showed that patronizing males not only made their female...

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