Women treating other women badly in the workplace has been a problem for decades. It's so prevalent in fact that it even has a name: "Queen Bee Syndrome." Or, you can put it in "Highlander" terms: There can be only one. And as with any other problem involving women, this is really the fault of MEN! Because, back in the bad old days, there was probably only going to be ONE woman manager, executive, VP, etc. in any given organization. So, if you were a woman who sought out promotion, it was in your best interest to eliminate all the competition. That meant making life a living hell for any female unfortunate enough to work with you (or even worse, FOR YOU.) Just ask a woman about the worst boss she ever had and odds are, it was another woman.
So, you would think that having more women in the workplace and more opportunities for them to advance, things would be improving. Instead, they're getting worse. A new survey from The University of Arizona, "we found consistent evidence that women reported higher levels of incivility from other women than their male counterparts. In other words, women are ruder to each other than they are to men, or than men are to women." (https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-03/uoa-iaw030118.php)
I can only offer ancecdotal evidence that this is true. I once witnessed a female employee march into the manager's office and scream at him that she wasn't going to do what he asked her to. In the same office, two women literally got into a physical altercation that one of the male managers had to break up. None of these women were fired for this behavior.
The study only charts the phenomenon. It offers no diagnosis of the cause or how to prevent it. Perhaps it's all part of the trend among women Millennials and Generation X members having general dissatisfaction with their lives. Women face all the same pressures of the economic instability, fractured families and social upheaval that men do. Combine that with the increased pressure for women to succeed at work AND at home, the dual burdens of caring for children and aging parents simultaneously, and the sexual pressure to perform like porn stars even for their husbands, and it's no wonder women are being ruder. Perhaps we're taking it out on each other because we feel powerless to confront the forces that are actually causing our stress. Maybe we know that other women are more likely to tolerate our rudeness than men would be. Maybe the increase of women over 50 facing down perimenopause without the benefit of hormone therapy is a contributing factor.
Or, it could be all Trump's fault.