The Scientific Research Behind Alpha Females – #AlphaFemaleFriday

I received an interesting LinkedIn request the other day from a PhD Candidate at the University of Toronto. Normally, these go in the “ignore” pile of spam invites I get, but once I took a closer look at the research that Monika Sumra was doing, I realized why she was contacting me. We spoke on the phone last night, and ever since our conversation, I couldn’t get it out of my head! I just had to share the work she’s doing with the world, but believe me, I’m not the only person out there who’s taken a key interest in her scientific research.


Recently, her work has garnered attention in the popular media and in Hollywood representations of working moms. Her most recent work investigates women and leadership:

  • how they view it, what makes successful women leaders – is there such a thing as the “alpha” woman and if so who is she?
  • What is her sociality, her biology and is she any different than any other woman?


What is most interesting and unique about her work is that she examines the relationship between social and biological factors that together form the experience of how women embody such forms for female identity. This has not been done before making Monika a pioneer in this under-researched area of study.


Suffice to say, I am honored that Monika took the time to reach out to me. On top of that, I’d like to invite you on the behalf of Monika to take the time to take her survey


If you’re interest in reading more of her work, you can read her recent publication the superwoman here:



Cheers to all the ladies out there who are not only talking about the alpha woman…but finding the hard data to back it up!




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