Likeability vs competence is actually mediated by interdependence
Joyce Park stashed this in Feminism
Good news, ladies: turns out greed often wins out over popularity if you actually have to depend on someone! If there are no consequences to having incompetent coworkers, then of course popularity -- which often includes conforming to gender stereotypes -- wins out.
That IS good news.
But this is also a reminder of how many workplaces have incompetent workers without consequences.