01/22/2014 09:17 am ET Updated Jan 25, 2014

Why Don't More Women Want To Work With Other Women?

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A recurring issue in glass-ceiling debates revolves around whether women are, either directly or indirectly, excluded from high-level jobs. Many offices tend to promote people according to a concept called "homosocial reproduction"—essentially, the spoils go to the workers who move in the right social circles. If your workplace is a boy's club where the high-performers smoke cigars and play golf together, this theory would dictate that the next big promotion is likely not going to the quiet female analyst who knits during lunchtime.

That's why this one fact, from a Pew survey released last month, is so devastating.

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