There are *many* statistics that show female power and female likability are inversely correlated, but I want to think this is changing.
See this 1996 Fortune article by Pattie Sellers called "Women, Sex & Power." It tells the stories of 7 successful women in traditionally male-dominated fields like energy and finance. There is a rah-rah aggressiveness to its descriptions, which seems to be less and less prevalent in 2012.
These days, similar profiles are nuanced and personal and the women are shown in the context of their family and professional lives — as mothers, friends, bosses, leaders. (See 2012 NYMag Jenna Lyons profile below.)
Jessica tells us to pursue power and disregard likability, but are the two still a tradeoff?