01/29/2014 09:51 am ET

Why We Love To Hate Women In Power, 1996 Edition (And Now)

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Let's play a game.

I'm thinking of a woman. She's a woman in power. She's had a few family troubles -- a "non-amicable" separation from her partner, rumored unrest with her only daughter -- but overall, she's on the up-and-up. She's the author of a dozen best-selling books, the founder and editor-in-chief of a widely circulating magazine and (rumor has it) working on a way to secure a media conglomerate of her very own. She's also, of course, routinely vilified by the media and the public for being "perfectly perfect" -- a "hotheaded, cold-hearted control freak."

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